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Data: Institute for Supply Management; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. services sector roared back in October, with the ISM's non-manufacturing report jumping to 54.7, up from 52.6 the month before, and beating expectations.

Why it matters: The services sector makes up almost 70% of the U.S. economy and has been consistently trending lower, following the manufacturing sector for most of this year.

  • October's pickup, combined with an improvement in ISM's manufacturing reading, suggests the data may have hit a floor.

The report's details also were strong:

  • Business Activity rose 1.8 points on the month to 57.0
  • Prices Paid fell 3.4 points to 56.6
  • New Orders was two higher at 55.6
  • Employment added 3.4 points, up to 53.7

Go deeper: How the China trade war threatens U.S. manufacturing jobs

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Senate pulls all-nighter on amendments to COVID relief package

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate continued to work through votes on a marathon of amendments overnight into Saturday morning.

The elusive political power of Mexican Americans

Data: Pew Research Center, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Mexican Americans make up the nation's largest Latino group, yet they remain politically outshined by more recently arrived Cuban Americans.

Why it matters: The disparities in political power between Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans reflect the racial, historical, geographical and economic differences within Latino cultures in the U.S.

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