Employers added 225,000 jobs last month, according to the U.S. Labor Department, continuing a record-setting run of job growth that has lasted 112 months. The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6% but remains relatively low, and stock prices remain near record highs.
By other measures, however, the economy is floundering. Wage growth is tepid, blue-collar jobs that once supported the middle class continue to disappear, and many Americans report struggles affording housing, education and health care.
This segment aired on February 10, 2020.