NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stock futures fell Friday as investors weighed a slight dip in the unemployment rate and a looming confidence vote in Greece.
The government said Friday that the economy added 80,000 jobs last month. It was a drop from the 158,000 jobs added in September, but the gains were enough to reduce the unemployment rate to 9.0 percent from 9.1 percent. It was the first dip in the unemployment rate since July.
Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 11,965 at 8:45 a.m. Eastern. S&P 500 futures lost 3, or 0.2 percent, to 1,251. Nasdaq 100 futures shed 10, or 0.4 percent, to 2,349.
Traders waited for a confidence vote in Prime Minister George Papandreou’s government by the Greek parliament. Markets were stunned earlier in the week after Papandreou called for a public vote on an unpopular package of austerity measures that will be required for Greece to receive additional financial help from the European Union. The vote was scrapped Thursday, but markets continued to be unnerved by the political drama that threatens to hobble efforts by European leaders to contain the debt crisis.
In U.S. corporate news, MF Global CEO Jon Corzine stepped down Friday. The securities firm filed for bankruptcy protection Monday after being brought down by bets on European debt.
Starbucks rose 3.4 percent in premarket trading after the company’s quarterly results beat Wall Street’s expectations. LinkedIn dropped 8 percent in premarket trading after posting its first quarterly loss since going public.