Unemployment rises back up to 9.0%
New York City — The unemployment rate in April edged up to 9.0%, compared with 8.8% in March 2011.
Construction employment was about unchanged in April, according to Friday’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This industry has shown little net movement since early 2010, after having fallen sharply during the prior three years.
Overall, the economy added 244,000 jobs in April, a higher gain than anticipated by analysts.
The latest employment situation shows 13.7 million unemployed persons in the United States, about the same as last month’s measure. The number of persons unemployed for less than five weeks increased by 242,000 in April. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) declined by 283,000 to 5.8 million; their share of unemployment declined to 43.4%.
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Former Supervalu exec joins supply chain board
Rockville, Md. — Mike Jackson was named to the board of directors of iControl Systems USA where he will also serve in the capacity of senior advisor to iControl president and CEO Tal Zlotnitsky. Jackson is a 30-year veteran of Supervalu veteran who retired from the company in late 2009 as president and COO.
iControl is a supply chain visibility and collaboration solutions provider to retailers and their supply chain partners with a client roster that includes CVS, Safeway, Kroger, Stop & Shop, Rite Aid, Winn Dixie, A&P, Chevron, Hess and other major U.S. retailers. The addition of Jackson to the iControl board is expected to help the company gain greater insight into the growing issues affecting retailers and their trading partners.
Head designer out at Gap
New York City — Gap said its chief design director, Patrick Robinson, is leaving the company effective immediately. He had been executive VP of Gap Global Design for Adult and Body for four years.
The company said it will conduct a search for a successor.
Pam Wallack, head of the Gap Creative Center, made the decision to oust Robinson and will manage the design teams in the interim.
His departure follows a series of management shuffles and organizational changes aimed at reviving sagging sales of the brand.