U.S. stock futures bounced around the breakeven line Friday following a government jobs report that fell way short of what economists were predicting.
The economy added only 74,000 jobs in December, far below the 193,000 that economists surveyed by CNNMoney had forecast. Futures pulled back immediately after the report, before returning to modest gains.
The unemployment rate last month fell to 6.7% from 7%, the Labor Department said.
The jobs report tends to be a big market mover, significantly influencing investment decisions of traders and investors.