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Rust Belt

or

Rustbelt,

economic region in the NE quadrant of the United States, focused on the Midwestern (see MidwestMidwest
or Middle West,
region of the United States centered on the western Great Lakes and the upper-middle Mississippi valley. It is a somewhat imprecise term that has been applied to the northern section of the land between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mts.
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) states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, as well as Pennsylvania. The term gained wide use in the 1970s as the formerly dominant industrial region became noted for the abandonment of factories, unemployment, outmigration, the loss of electoral votes, and overall decline. Since the 1960s, manufacturing cities throughout the Great Lakes region and in the Northeast have suffered a decline in population and economic strength as manufacturers relocated, primarily to the Sun BeltSun Belt
or Sunbelt,
southern tier of the United States, focused on Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California, and extending as far north as Virginia. The term gained wide use in the 1970s, when the economic and political impact of the nation's overall shift in
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, overseas, or more recently, to Mexico. Meanwhile, the nation as a whole has shifted toward a service economy. Detroit, although still one of the world's largest manufacturing centers, has been especially hard hit and unable to reduce its dependence on the manufacturing sector. Suburban flight induced by the decline of the central city has been dramatic in large cities such as St. Louis and Cleveland, as well as smaller cities like Gary, Ind., and Akron, Ohio. By the 1980s, the economy of some Rust Belt cities had noticeably improved after the introduction or expansion of non-manufacturing industries. Pittsburgh, initially devastated by cutbacks in its steel industry as early as the late 1950s, has since emphasized its role as a center for research and development and finance.
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It would be great if more Rust Belt cities could follow suit in forging new industries.
Bill disait que le fait d'attaquer Trump constamment pour ses defauts faisait plaisir a l'equipe d'Hillary et aux medias, mais que ce message ne resonnait pas chez les electeurs, particulierement dans la Rust Belt.
But Trump's protectionist rhetoric -- he has promised to review trade agreements -- appears to be having mixed success in the Rust Belt.
Economic growth is improving the loan-to-value ratios for homeowners in bigger homes in wealthy high-tech cities, but homeowners in the Rust Belt and other impoverished regions are drowning with mortgage balances greater than their home's value, according to a report released Thursday by ATTOM Data Solutions.
But the populist comments were tailor-made for three other Rust Belt states hosting primary contests on the same day: Illinois, Ohio and Missouri.
Rocky ruled the Rust Belt in homers from 1956-1967.
Baker in the August 20U issue ("Why the Rust Belt Rusted") made a convincing argument regarding the cause of the "manufacturing collapse in America," laying all blame at the feet of the ownership class.
Noting many political, societal and technological references, we realized that the 'flyover states' and the Rust Belt regions are becoming increasingly productive in our post-Recession era.
On Saturday Avakov hit out at what he called a "display of aggression by Russia" as heavily armed separatist militants launched a series of attacks on police headquarters across the eastern rust belt.
Lots of bad stuff happens to honest, hard-working Rust Belt folk in "Little Accidents;' a sensitive and well-meaning but rather ordinary melodrama that wouldn't have seemed out of place as a network movie-of-the-week circa 1985.
The film's cliches are many, but few will doubt its weighty sincerity, its heavy-handed Rust Belt eulogizing.