U.S. stock index futures ticked higher across the board Friday following the nonfarm payrolls report.
The U.S. created 192,000 new jobs in March after a gain of 197,000 in February, according to the Labor Department. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent. Economists polled by Reuters had expected employment to increase 200,000 last month and the unemployment rate to dip to 6.6 percent.
"I think this is enough of a goldilocks number for the market – it doesn't change Fed tapering, but still signals the economy is expanding gradually," said Anthony Valeri, investment strategist for LPL Financial.