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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

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
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Recent research on population and income dynamics in four Rust-Belt cities shows that neighborhoods with the lowest housing prices are the ones that experience the steepest declines in population, but that income falls more sharply in neighborhoods with middle-tier house prices.
A lowlife caper comedy of errors, ``Collinwood'' at least boasts an efficient crew of B-level actors (the less-funny ``Crackers,'' for the record, wasted the likes of Sean Penn and Donald Sutherland) and a genuinely hopeless rust-belt atmosphere; the title district is not called the Beirut of Cleveland for nothing.
We're a Net, not a rust-belt company," the new marketing director told him.
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.
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.
Loans with a loan balance less than $100,000 and a LTV greater then 85% have made up a disproportionately large share of the losses to date, as have loans located in Rust-Belt states (IN, MI, OH, IL) and the state of Texas.
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.