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W.Va. jobless rate declines to 6.2 percent in May

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May inched down to 6.2 percent.

That's down from the April rate of 6.6 percent, which was the lowest in four years.

WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday the number of unemployed fell by 3,300 to 50,200.

Employment gains were recorded in mining and logging and manufacturing, while the service sector recorded a couple hundred job losses.

Through May, total unemployment is down 8,600.

The national unemployment rate is more than a full percentage point above West Virginia's.

Fifth Third boosts quarterly dividend

CINCINNATI -- Fifth Third Bancorp on Tuesday boosted its common stock cash dividend by 1 cent, or 9 percent, to 12 cents.

The second-quarter dividend will be paid July 18 to shareholders of record as of June 28, Fifth Third said.

The Cincinnati-based bank said the dividend is consistent with plans it previously submitted to the Federal Reserve.

Fifth Third shares rose 10 cents to $18.39 in afternoon trading. Its shares are near the high end of their 52-week range of $12.69 last June and $18.74 on May 30.

Starbucks to post calorie counts

NEW YORK -- Starbucks has a new way to wake up its customers: showing the calories in its drinks.

The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will start posting calorie counts on menu boards nationwide next week, ahead of a federal regulation that would require it to do so.

Calorie counts on menus are already required in some parts of the country, including New York City.

But starting June 25, Starbucks says customers at its more than 11,000 U.S. locations will be able to see that there are 300 calories in a small caramel Frappuccino and 230 calories in a small Iced Caffe Mocha.

Pastry cases will also show calorie information, in case customers want to opt for a Morning Bun (350 calories) instead of a blueberry scone (460 calories).

Taco Bell to test Power Protein menu

NEW YORK -- Taco Bell plans to test a "Power Protein" menu as part of its push to provide choices for people looking to eat healthy.

The chain says it will start testing the menu July 25 in Dayton, Ohio. The burritos and bowls will have more than 20 grams of protein and less than 450 calories.

The test comes after the company announced in April that it would work to provide more balanced options. Fast-food chains across the industry are rolling out healthier options to keep up with changing tastes, even as they also roll out fatty treats to drum up sales.

Taco Bell says the Power Protein burritos and bowls includes double portion of meat and toppings such as corn and guacamole.

Taco Bell is owned by Yum Brands Inc.

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