NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Stock futures rose Thursday after the U.S. added 223,000 jobs in June. Economists were expecting about of 230,000 jobs to be added to payrolls.
S&P 500 futures rose 0.33%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures added 0.32%, while Nasdaq futures rose 0.39%.
The unemployment rate dropped to 5.3% from 5.5% in May.
Average hourly wages remained unchanged during the month and are higher by 2% over the past year.
U.S. weekly jobless claims rose 10,000 to 281,000 for the week endedJune 27. The consensus was 270,000.
Investors were also grappling with developments in Greece. No negotiations between the debt-laden nation and its creditors will be held until after the Sunday referendum in which citizens will vote on whether or not to accept austerity measures. Polls from euro2day.gr show 47% of respondents voting "yes" while 43% voting "no."
"I think the market is probably underestimating the chance of a 'no' vote," Michael Ingram, a market analyst with BGC Partners, told TheStreet TV. "The vote on Sunday almost doesn't matter because it's essentially between a recession via a 'Grexit' or a depression by signing up for further austerity."
The euro gained 0.29% against the dollar. London's FTSE 100 rose 0.3%, while Frankfurt's DAX added 2%.
Stocks in China closed lower, as the Shanghai Composite ended Thursday's trading day down 3.48%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.12%. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 added 0.95%.