Midwest Memo: Ohio leads nation in unemployment drop; sales rise at GM

Three stories making news across the Midwest today:

1. Ohio leads nation in unemployment drop. Has the Buckeye State bounced back? Ohio saw a decline of 2,800 people making first-time unemployment claims last week, the steepest drop in the country, our partner station Ideastream reported. Officials attributed the decline to a rise in auto manufacturers going back to work.

2. Small cars lead to bigger gains. GM reports sales rose 10 percent in June, buoyed by a rise in customers looking for fuel-efficient cars. The new Chevrolet Cruze compact led overall sales of 215,000 vehicles, reports our partner Michigan Radio. An earthquake-related shortage of Japanese cars helped GM.

3. New dean takes over at Michigan’s business school. Alison Davis-Blake began her tenure as the dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan on Friday. Previously, she had served as dean at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. In an introductory post on her new blog, she writes, “leadership, creativity and innovation are at a premium as business plays an increasingly significant role in addressing the globe’s most pressing social and economic issues.”

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