Ohio and Michigan benefiting from auto industry boom

The demand for new cars and trucks is helping to drive job creation in Michigan and Ohio.

In Ohio, the Toledo Blade reports that Chrysler Group has announced it will invest more than $365 million to expand its automobile assembly plant in the city.

The company said it also plans to add a second shift which will create approximately 1,100 new jobs at the plant that makes the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro sports utility vehicle.

According to the news agency, industry analysts said the car maker's investment in Toledo could be a sign that the company will continue to expand operations and create additional jobs in the future as it gears up to meet a global demand for a number of its vehicles, including the Jeep Wrangler.

Meanwhile, in Michigan, the state once known as the car manufacturing capital of the world may be well on its way back to regaining its title thanks to a move by the industry to create more fuel efficient cars.

The state is now the first in the nation for green auto jobs, employing approximately 38,000 workers build environmentally friendly vehicles at 97 facilities, according to a report by the United Auto Workers and the National Wildlife Federation.