BRIEFS

BRIEFS

AIR INDUSTRY COUNCIL

ELECTS LEADERS FOR '97WASHINGTON - John W. ''Jack'' Snyder, vice president of international business development for Hughes Aircraft Co., was named chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association's international council for 1997.

The vice chairman is Ramona Hazera, director of export administration and compliance for Lockheed Martin Corp.

AIA's international council promotes industry and government policies designed to assist the United States' aerospace industry in competing and cooperating effectively in the world market. Issues on the council's plate this year include China trade relations, defense trade flexibility and aerospace export financing.

CALIFORNIA FOOD FIRMS

SOLICITED FOR TRADE SHOW

SAN FRANCISCO - Attention California food companies: The state wants you to participate in a showcase of American food products next month in Seoul, South Korea.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture said it is seeking participants for the ''Great American Food Show,'' a showcase for U.S. food products to be held March 18-20. Last year the trade-only show attracted nearly 4,000 visitors and yielded $50 million in spot and future sales.

South Korea purchased $1 billion in agricultural products from California last year, making it the forth-largest export market for the state's farm sector.

Products from California, the largest U.S. farm state, will be showcased in the CDFA-sponsored California Pavilion. Interested parties should contact Kristina Werst or Sandra Stauch at (916) 654-0389.

BRITISH UNEMPLOYMENT

DECLINES TO SIX-YEAR LOW

LONDON - Unemployment in Britain fell to a 6-year low of 6.5 percent, or about 1.8 million people, the government said.

The number of jobless people fell by 67,800 last month and is down by 391,000 since January 1996. The unemployment rate is down by 0.2 percentage point since December and down from 7.9 percent a year ago.

With national elections due by May 1, the announcement of some of the government's best economic news in years was accompanied by political turbulence.