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.


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

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