SYDNEY, Australia - Stocks in Asia were largely weaker on Thursday.
The Nikklei 225 fell 97.72 points or 0.46% to 21,032.00.
In China, the Shanghai Composite was virtally unchanged, ahead 1.36 points or 0.05% at 2,910.74.
The Australian All Ords dipped 9.80 points or 0.15% to 6,619.10.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics earlier Thursday reported the jobless rate held steady at 5.2% last month but showing signs it is slowing.
Youth unemployment covering those aged between 15 and 24 was 30%.
On forex markets the euro improved a tad on its New York close. It was last quoted around the Sydney close on Thursday at 1.1297.
The British pound was a fraction stronger at 1.2679.
The Japanese yen firmed to 108.33.
The Swiss franc improved a touch to 0.9932, as did the Canadian dollar to 1.3316.
The New Zealand dollar declined slightly to 0.6573.
The Australian dollar, in the face of the not-so-robust employment numbers fell sharply to 0.6913.
Overnight on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 43.68 points or 0.17% to 26,004.83.
The Stanadard and Poor's 500 fell 5.88 points or 0.20% to 2,879.84.
The Nasdaq Composite shed 29.85 points or 0.38% to 7,792.72.