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The U.S. economy added 128,000 jobs in October — more than the 75,000 economists expected — while the unemployment rate ticked higher to 3.6%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The strong numbers come despite job growth held down by the 40-day United Auto Workers strike against General Motors, which has since ended.

By the numbers: The strike shaved 46,000 jobs from October's report. The strikers' return to work will be reflected in November's report.

  • The federal government shed 17,000 jobs last month as "temporary workers who had been preparing for the 2020 Census completed their work," per the Labor Department's release.
  • Job growth in previous months was better than initially thought. A combined 95,000 more jobs than previously estimated were added in August and September.

The bottom line: The October jobs report had a low hurdle to clear, given the downbeat estimates around employment. Still, the report is strong enough to ward off fears of a broad-based slowdown.

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Pope Francis was on Sunday visiting northern areas of Iraq once held by Islamic State militants.

Why it matters: This is the first-ever papal trip to Iraq. The purpose of Francis' four-day visit is largely intended to reassure the country's Christian minority, who were violently persecuted by ISIS, which controlled the region from 2014-2017.

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Driving the news: The Washington Post reported Cuomo allegedly embraced an aide when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and that two male staffers who worked for him in the governor's office accused him of routinely berating them "with explicit language."

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Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.