The report came one day ahead of Friday's key non-farm payrolls figure. Economists expect the U.S. economy created about 180,000 new jobs last month, compared with 204,000 in October.
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Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.25 percent on Thursday and maintained its forecast for an economic contraction of 0.4 percent this year. That saw the euro trade near a five-week high of $1.3677 against the greenback.
Nikkei 0.8% higher
Japan's benchmark Nikkei snapped two sessions of losses to rally in the final hour of trade following a volatile session that saw it touch a two-week low. In the past two days alone, the index has lost over 3 percent.
The yen resumed its decline, with the dollar rising back above the 102 yen handle, and that spurred gains amid blue-chip stocks. Index heavyweights Fast Retailing and Honda Motor rose over 1 percent each while Panasonic rallied 3 percent.
News that the government approved a $182 billion stimulus package lifted sentiment. Aimed at dulling the impact of an upcoming tax hike on the economy, the measures are expected to add 1 percentage point to gross domestic product.
Shanghai dips 0.4%
Mainland shares traded cautiously ahead of a deluge of economic data. November trade data will be released on Sunday while inflation and producer prices are due on Monday.
Financials were the biggest losers, with Haitong Securities leading losses by 3.7 percent. Citic Securities and New China Life Insurance lost over 2 percent each.
Shares of Cosco rose over 1 percent after the previous day's sharp falls on reports that it is under investigation for alleged price fixing.