Dow Jones industrial futures are up 22 points to 12,885. The broader S&P futures have tacked on 1.7 points to 1,390.80. Nasdaq futures are up 4.25 points to 2,614.25.
Economists expect that more people applied for unemployment benefits last week, though that may be attributable to Superstorm Sandy. Others think the number may fall because disruptions from the storm, which chilled business activity from North Carolina to Maine, prevented people from applying for help.
The larger trend on the jobs front is a good one. The government revised the jobs numbers for August and September to account for stronger-than-expected hiring.