They at least massaged it enough so Obama can claim it’s below 8%.
U.S. stock index futures climbed Friday after a better-than-expected monthly government jobs report, the final report ahead of the presidential election topped expectations.
Economists polled by Thomson Reuters forecast non-farm payrolls rose by 125,000 in October, an increase on September’s 114,000 gain. The unemployment rate is seen inching up to 7.9 percent, after falling to 7.8 percent in September. The jobs report will be the last issued before the general election on November 6.
The government will also release factory orders for September at 10 a.m. on Friday. Economists polled by Reuters forecast a 4.6 percent rise in orders, after a 5.2 percent fall in August.