The government’s February employment report shows that employers added 20,000 jobs — falling far below expectations. But, the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent and wage growth was strong.
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The U.S. job market had been racing ahead for months. In February, it braked to a sudden halt. The Labor Department said just 20,000 jobs were created last month. Economists say the disappointing number may turn out to be something of a fluke. Here’s NPR’s Jim Zarroli.
JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: There was no getting around it. The number of jobs created in February was a surprise