NEW YORK (Reuters) – Headline U.S. job growth hit the brakes in February, registering the smallest gain since September 2017 and the third-smallest during the unprecedented run of 101 consecutive months of payrolls gains.

FILE PHOTO: A job seeker fills out an application at a job fair at the Denver Workforce Center in Denver, Colorado, U.S. February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Here are five factors that stood out in the Labor Department’s report.

A ONE-OFF OR START OF A WEAKENING TREND?

The big question on the minds of economists and investors is whether February was an anomaly or the start of

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