March 26 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pared losses sharply on Thursday despite the Labor Department's data showing weekly unemployment claims soared to 3.3 million last week from 282,000 a week earlier.
At 8:31 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 238 points, or 1.13%. S&P 500 e-minis were down 35.75 points, or 1.45% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 79.75 points, or 1.07%.
Moment before the data, Dow e-minis were down 468 points, or 2.23%. S&P 500 e-minis were down 59 points, or 2.39% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 145.25 points, or 1.95%. (Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)