The day will also see the JOLTS job openings report, out at 10 a.m. The print is based on the sample used for the much-watched nonfarm payrolls, but is a lagging indicator covering September.
"In order for U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to be comfortable that the labor market has returned to more of a normalized state, the hiring and quits rates each need to improve several tenths from their current readings," said Deutsche Bank analysts led by Jim Reid in a research note on Thursday.
"The recent trend in claims data might suggest that the two series should improve significantly over the next several quarters."
Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser will also speak on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, New York Fed President William Dudley said that low inflation meant it will still early for the central bank to raise interest rates.
Speaking at the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi,, Dudley called for "patience" and said he expected rates to rise sometime next year.
Cisco Systems reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped expectations after the market close on Wednesday. Shares rose more than 2 percent in after-hours trade before turning negative.