U.S. stock index futures climbed Thursday, boosted by a better-than-expected jobless claims report.
First-time claims for jobless benefits
The report comes ahead of the key government jobs data for April, due Friday. The latest estimates from economists surveyed by Reuters call for a gain of 170,000 new positions, a gain from March's tepid gain of 120,000.
Also on the economic front, nonfarm productivity fell in the first quarter at a 0.5 percent annual rate, according to the Labor Department, in line with expectations. Meanwhile, labor costs grew 2 percent in the first quarter after increasing at a 2.7 percent pace in the previous quarter.
The Institute for Supply Management releases its April non-manufacturing index at 10:00 a.m. Economists forecast a reading of 55.5, versus 56.0 in March. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.