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How's the Washington area's job situation?

Unemployment fell across the region in October, as more employers in the private sector hired.

Virginia announced an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent Tuesday after being stuck at 5.9 percent for three months. Maryland unemployment fell by 0.1 percentage point to 6.7 percent, while the District's dropped from 8.7 percent in September to 8.5 percent, its lowest mark in nearly four years.

The labor force increased in Virginia by 15,234, and in Maryland, 16,700 jobs were created, which Gov. Martin O'Malley said was "the best month for private-sector job growth in more than 15 years." D.C. added 4,100 jobs.

The national unemployment rate is 7.9 percent.

Did the superstorm create a shortage of rental cars?

In the Northeast, Superstorm Sandy did create a shortage, meaning Thanksgiving travelers who have not reserved a rental car are out of luck.

Existing reservations are mostly being honored, but those looking at this late date are finding almost no cars left, the Associated Press reports. The few cars available carry a hefty premium.

The car rental companies have been driving in thousands of extra vehicles from elsewhere in the country. They also have kept older models that they normally would sell to used-car dealers in an effort to ease the shortage.

Does England allow women to be bishops?

It does not. And in fact, the Church of England's governing body blocked a move on Tuesday to permit women to become bishops.

But the vote was so close that it failed to settle the question of women in leadership positions.

The General Synod's daylong debate ended with the rejection of a compromise that was intended to unify the church. But backers failed to gain the necessary majority by six votes.

The defeat was a setback for Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who retires at the end of December, and his successor, Bishop Justin Welby. Both had endorsed a proposed compromise that would have respected the decision of those who objected to the ordination of women bishops, according to the Associated Press.

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The Washington Examiner