rust belt

  • Voters sign in to cast their ballot in the Pennsylvania primary at a polling place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 26, 2016. Nearly half of Americans believe that the system that U.S. political parties use to pick their candidates for the White House is "rigged" and two-thirds want to see the process changed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller/File Photo - RTX2BUJR
    February 19, 2017  

    President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, in part, by capturing the white working class vote in Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania that previously voted for Democratic candidates. Now, some Democrats are trying to rebuild their base in blue-collar neighborhoods like those in northeast Philadelphia. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield reports. Continue reading

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    July 25, 2016   BY  

    Baltimore — along with Buffalo, New York; Chicago; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Pittsburgh and St. Louis — is experiencing some of the biggest increases in the number of young college graduates among large cities. They are hoping this wave of young people, often drawn by industries that require an educated workforce, will offset broader population declines and reinvigorate their economies. Continue reading

  • youngstown
    April 16, 2016  

    Youngstown, Ohio is an upper-midwest city that has come to symbolize the nation’s distress of deindustrialization with high unemployment and crime rates. But after decades of decline, the city has plans to rebuild, remove blight and attract employers. On issues of poverty and opportunity in America, this is part of an ongoing series of reports called “Chasing the Dream.” Continue reading

  • welcoming3
    April 7, 2016  

    In the midst of a campaign season filled with anti-migrant rhetoric, the once-downtrodden town of Utica in upstate New York has been more welcoming; one out of every four citizens there is a refugee. But Utica’s commitment to resettlement isn’t purely humanitarian — its open door policy is also a pioneering economic tool for revitalizing the Rust Belt. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue reading

  • sweat3
    February 10, 2016  

    “Sweat,” a new play by Lynn Nottage, is a humorous and harrowing look at the decline of the Rust Belt in modern America. Inspired by stories from Reading, Pennsylvania — once home to one of the richest corporations in the world and now one of the poorest cities in the nation — “Sweat” examines the lives of steel workers left behind by changing times. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • June 24, 2011    

    A welder at Lincoln Electric. Photo by Jared Manders. We shot footage for an upcoming piece recently at arc welding manufacturer Lincoln Electric. The company, which we last visited back in 1992, is an improbable Rust Belt success story. John … Continue reading

  • March 15, 2011  

    As part of his series on Making Sen$e of financial news, economics correspondent Paul Solman reports from two Ohio counties — Crawford and Delaware — that had similar incomes 30 years ago, but their economies and populations have since taken very different paths. Continue reading

  • May 12, 2008  

    Paul Solman reports on innovators who are making the Pittsburgh region an eco-showcase of the benefits of going green and bringing new hope to the economically depressed Rust Belt region. Continue reading

  • November 28, 2007  

    The American Midwest, traditionally a base for manufacturing, has been hit hard by globalization in recent years. Economic correspondent Paul Solman reports on efforts aimed at strengthening the region’s competitive edge. Continue reading