U.S. stocks opened down on Thursday as weak labor data rekindled concerns about the strength of the consumer and the economic recovery.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 59.94 points, or 0.47 percent, at 12,663.64. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 8.14 points, or 0.60 percent, at 1,339.18. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 14.09 points, or 0.50 percent, at 2,814.14.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch)