U.S. economy adds 313,000 jobs in February, but wage gains slow

WASHINGTON — Hiring surged last month as U.S. employers generated the most new jobs since mid-2016, the Labor Department said Friday, but wage growth slowed as long-awaited gains in worker pay have yet to take permanent hold. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent, the lowest since 2000, as the labor force swelled by 806,000.…