What the U.S. Jobs Report Needs to Show

Robust employment and wage growth would reassure markets and consumers.

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The U.S. jobs report for January will be released Friday amid unsettling market volatility that is amplifying financial insecurity and could threaten the U.S. economy as it battles the headwinds from weaker international conditions. To reduce the risk, this gauge of the labor market needs to contain three signals:

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