A plunge in U.S. jobs growth suggests that the party is nearing its end for American workers, who have enjoyed their best employment conditions in a half century.

What’s happening: At 20,000 new jobs, reported Friday by the Labor Department, the economy produced far fewer positions last month than required to absorb 60,000 to 80,000 new entrants to the workforce, such as high school and college graduates.

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The numbers come amid a remarkable economic expansion: The U.S. economy has produced jobs for 101 consecutive months. And

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