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Unemployment Unchanged

Orange County added 8,800 jobs in March to maintain a 4% unemployment rate.

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Anaheim Food Co. Names CEO

Anaheim-based food maker Nellson Nutraceutical named Jamie Better its Chief Executive.

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Johnny Rockets in Rebranding

Johnny Rockets Restaurant Group plans to recast the retro burger chain for a changing customer base.

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House of Blues to Add 100 Jobs

House of Blues Anaheim owner Live Nation Entertainment Inc. lists a May 31 closing date for the Downtown Disney venue in a filing with the California Employment Department.

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CoreLogic Names New CFO

Irvine-based CoreLogic Inc. said James Balas is its new Chief Financial Officer.

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Chapman to Start Comm School

Chapman University will establish a School of Communication on June 1.

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Chapman’s Esmael Adibi Dies

Chapman University professor of economics Esmael Adibi died from complications of a stroke Friday, April 8.

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UCI Gets Grant for Physics Majors

The National Science Foundation has awarded approximately $1 million to the University of California-Irvine for research to discern the best ways to support low-income students who want to major in physics and for scholarships for these students.

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Golden State Buys Out KanPak

Golden State Foods bought the portions of two companies it has held controlling interests in since 2013.

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NB Accounting Firm Makes Buy

Newport Beach–based accounting firm Anton & Chia LLP has acquired the U.S.-reporting clients of McCormack Su & Company in Vancouver, Canada.

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Allergan Still on Hunt for Deals

Allergan PLC Chief Executive Brent Saunders said today that the drug maker will continue to seek “growth pharma” deals—including possible acquisitions that would complement its Irvine hub for Botox, ophthalmology and medical aesthetics—after the termination of its $160 billion mega-deal with Pfizer Inc.

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Hydrox Maker Expands Kroger Deal

Newport Beach-based Leaf Brands said it will expand distribution of its Hydrox cookies via Cincinnati-headquartered Kroger Co. supermarkets.

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Confie Buys in Massachusetts

Huntington Beach-based insurer Confie has entered the Massachusetts market with the acquisition of Axiom Insurance Agency in Springfield.

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Alliant Buys Agency in Spokane

Newport Beach-based Alliant Insurance Services has acquired Andre-Romberg Insurance Agency in Spokane, Wash.

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Brandman Adds to CBE Degrees

Brandman University in Irvine has added a second “competency based education” online bachelor’s degree program—a bachelor of science in information technology.