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WASHINGTON-- The unemployment rate in the nation's capital continues to decline. District of Columbia officials say preliminary September estimates show an 8.7 percent jobless rate, down from 8.8 percent in August.
AUGUSTA, Maine-- The Maine Labor Department says the preliminary unemployment rate for September was 7.6 percent, down slightly from August's 7.7 percent. Figures released Friday are adjusted to reflect seasonal fluctuations in the labor market.
Bank of America was the best performer, improving its key capital ratio under Basel III rules by more than 1 percent, to 8.97 percent, Fitch said. To do so, Bank of America reduced riskier securities held in its portfolio. JPMorgan Chase improved the same ratio by a half-percentage point, reducing its riskier assets by $21 billion.
LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska's unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in September, a tenth of a percentage point under the August and July figure of 4 percent, the state Labor Department said in a report released Friday. Only North Dakota's September rate of 3 percent was lower than Nebraska's. Unemployment in the state's largest city, Omaha, dropped to 3.8 percent.
NEW YORK-- Lowe's is seeking to hire two senior level executives that could play a role in its CEO succession plan. The No. 2 home improvement retailer is looking for a chief merchandising officer and a head of supply chain, two positions left vacant since Lowe's reorganized in May.
DENVER-- Colorado's unemployment rate decreased to 8 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from August's unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.
MONTPELIER, Vt.-- The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percent last month to 5.4 percent, the fourth straight monthly increase.
The state Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that seasonally adjusted joblessness in Ohio was 7 percent in September, down from 7.2 percent in August. The number of unemployed Ohio workers fell by about 7,000, from 413,000 in August to 406,000 last month.
PITTSBURGH-- A former Pittsburgh Steelers doctor who left the team after investigators questioned his bulk purchase of anabolic steroids has been indicted for illegally prescribing the muscle-building aids and other drugs.
MILWAUKEE-- ManpowerGroup's third-quarter net income fell 21 percent as the staffing company's results continue to be pressured by softer foreign currencies. For the three months ended Sept. 30, ManpowerGroup earned $63.1 million, or 79 cents per share, down from $79.6 million, or 97 cents per share, in the prior-year period.
CONCORD, N.H.-- The federal government has begun soliciting bids for the construction of a Jobs Corps Center in Manchester, N.H., three years after the project was stalled by contract language that would have required the facility to be built by union labor.
RALEIGH, N.C.-- North Carolina's unemployment rate decreased a fraction in September to 9.6 percent, dipping back after a similar rise the previous month. The state Commerce Department released the data Friday, the last look before Election Day into the state's unemployment rate's direction.
BOISE, Idaho-- Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.1 percent in September, in part because more people are leaving the workforce. The Department of Labor said Friday that 720,600 people were employed in September _ the highest level in four years.
CARSON CITY, Nev.-- Nevada's unemployment rate has dropped to 11.8 percent in September, down from 12.1 percent the month earlier. Officials with the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation say Friday that Las Vegas' jobless rate is 11.5 percent, down from 12.3 percent in August.
BOSTON-- What promises to be a lengthy vetting process for would-be Massachusetts casino developers has officially begun.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alabama's unemployment rate dropped in September after climbing for the four previous months. Robert Bentley said Friday that Alabama's rate fell from 8.5 percent in August to 8.3 percent in September. Alabama's unemployment rate had been rising since measuring 7.2 percent in April, but September's figure reverses that trend.
NEW YORK-- E-Trade Financial's stock fell more than 8 percent on Friday after the company posted a surprising third-quarter loss. THE SPARK: E-Trade Financial Corp. said after the market closed on Thursday that it lost 10 cents per share in the July-to-September quarter.
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- South Carolina's unemployment rate has gone down by one half of a percentage point. The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the state's jobless rate was 9.1 percent in September. Agency officials say that the number of unemployed people in South Carolina dropped by nearly 11,000 over the past month.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.-- The boards that oversee Rutgers University have set a vote for next month to formalize their takeover of most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The special joint meeting of the Board of Governor and Board of Trustees is scheduled for Nov. 19.