The Labor Department reported that there were only 20,000 jobs added in February, well below the consensus expectation of 180,000. This marked the 101st consecutive month of job growth. While February was weak, January was very strong. The latest three-month average is 186,000, less than last year’s 223,000 monthly average but consistent with more modest growth anticipated for 2019.
The Labor Department reported that there were a significant number of jobs added in January--304,000 and well above the consensus expectation of 172,000. This was the 100th consecutive month of job growth. December was revised down to 222,000 from 312,000 and November was revised up to 196,000 from 176,000.