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the Rust Belt

A region of the northern United States characterized by a once-dominant industrial and manufacturing economy that has since declined. Unemployment rates are high across the country, but the Rust Belt continues to have the highest, as the manufacturing sector has been particularly slow to recover.
See also: belt, rust
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rust belt

Fig. the industrial north of the United States. (Patterned on sun belt.) The economy in the rust belt is slowing down. The salt they put on the roads in the winter made my car all rusty. I guess that's why they call this area the rust belt.
See also: belt, rust
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rust belt

n. the industrial north of the U.S. (Patterned on sun belt.) The salt they put on the roads in the winter made my car all rusty. I guess that’s why they call this area the rust belt.
See also: belt, rust
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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While the challenges posed by the decline in overall population are well recognized, the movement of the population across neighborhoods within these Rust-Belt cities creates additional challenges.
I'm not nearly as sure as he is that it's "easier to be an engaged citizen in the Information Economy than in an Industrial Economy," partly because I'm suspicious of such sweeping categories and partly because his basic argument - that industrial jobs leave less time for civic life - forgets that routine, labor-intensive work is hardly limited to rust-belt factories.
At Sam's Place, it is improper to ask, "What do you do?" Everyone is a contractor in this place where identities are hard to come by yet carefully protected in the rust-belt of the culture of late capitalism.
If a marginal rust-belt manufacturer were forced by law to provide expensive employee benefits it could not afford, and that coercion resulted in a corporate shutdown, that shutdown would certainly be worse for its employees than the alternative: a job with modest benefits.
While the rust-belt industries merely chugged along in 1993, the siliconchip-related industries soared.
they said it couldn't be done Bringing together thousands of union employees and management in a single agreement that would save a vanishing rust-belt manufacturing plant seemed impossible.
hate groups has jumped 25 percent, solidifying strongholds in rust-belt suburbs and immigrant urban hubs.
Instead, throngs lining the boat railings observe rust-belt factories along the waterway, forming a forbidden jungle.
During the 1980s, prevailing management wisdom had written off Caterpillar as another arrogant rust-belt producer that might go the way of International Harvester, Allis-Chalmers, and Euclid.