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Stock futures up a bit as market awaits job report

In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 photo, a pair of traders work in their booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. A key event this week comes later Friday Oct. 5, 2012 when the U.S. Labor Department releases its monthly jobs report _ a key indicator of growth that is under even greater scrutiny ahead of the U.S. presidential election next month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock futures are rising modestly ahead of key U.S. jobs figures that will provide insight into the world's largest economy with just over a month to go before the U.S. presidential election.

Dow futures are up 20 points to 13,518. The broader S&P 500 futures are up 2 points to 1,457. Nasdaq futures are up 6 points to 2,828.

For much of the week, markets have been subdued. A raft of economic data has failed to alter expectations that the data will show the U.S. economy generated some 111,000 jobs during September. Economists also forecast that the unemployment rate inched up to 8.2 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August.

Overseas markets saw modest gains to end a week in which Europe's financial crisis has provided relatively few distractions.