Asian-Pacific markets gained Thursday, led by positive employment data from Australia. The S&P/ASX 200 climbed 1.6%, Japan's Nikkei 225 inched up 0.3% and South Korea's Kospi Composite rose 1.1%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index gained 1.2%, New Zealand's NZX 50 added 0.9% and Taiwan's Taiex slid 1.4%. Chinese markets were closed for a holiday.
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