depressed area

noun
a region where unemployment and a low standard of living prevail.

Origin:
1925–30

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Whenever possible, it should be located in a sump or depressed area.
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These enterprises are required to hire and train people from this economically depressed area.
Silt dikes and silt ditches trap silt in a depressed area to keep it from flowing onto private property.
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