- the heavily industrial area of the northeastern U.S. containing the older industries and factories.
Origin of rust belt
First recorded in 1980–85
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Examples from the Web for rustbelt
The next three leading beneficiaries are all rustbelt states: Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
This could create tremendous opportunity for a broad swath of the rustbelt population.
For much of the past half century, the rustbelt states suffered high levels of unemployment.
In this rustbelt of dying shipyards, joblessness runs as high as 50 percent.Greece on the Brink of Financial Abyss as Syriza Party Weighs Default
May 12, 2012
- an area where heavy industry is in decline, esp in the Midwest of the US
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Urban areas in the Northeast and Middle West marked by the concentration of old, declining industries, such as steel and textiles.
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