US added only 20,000 jobs last month fewest since September 2017

New York (CNN Business)The US economy added only 20,000 jobs in February, a surprisingly low number that bucked the trend of huge jobs gains in recent months. The numbers may be a sign that after 101 consecutive months of job growth, the economy is running out of available workers. There have been fewer unemployed people than open jobs since June 2018. It may also be more troubling evidence of a slowdown, which has been showing up in other economic data. Employers have been rocked in recent months by a volatile stock market, uncertain political environment and weakness overseas. However, it could also be a snowstorm-related fluke. “This is pretty much a weather story,” said Scott Brown, chief economist with the …