Stocks slide in early trading ahead of Greek vote

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NEW YORK (AP) ? Stocks are sliding in early trading ahead of a confidence vote for Greece’s embattled prime minister. A report on the U.S. job market was mixed.

The government said Friday that 80,000 jobs were created in the U.S. last month, fewer than the 158,000 added in September. The unemployment rate edged down to 9 percent from 9.1 percent.

Investors are also keeping an eye on a key confidence vote in Greece that may determine whether a European bailout package will go ahead as planned.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 73 points, or 0.6 percent, to 11,967 shortly after the opening bell Friday. The S&P 500 fell 9, or 0.7 percent, to 1,251. The Nasdaq dropped 18, or 0.7 percent, to 2,679.