Australia's dollar rebounded slightly in Europe on Thursday, having dropped against all its major counterparts earlier in the day after the nation's government said unemployment jumped to a 10-year high. The Aussie was a big loser among major currencies in the last quarter of 2013, hit by slowing growth in China and a central bank commitment to lower interest rates aimed at weakening the currency. The jobs data on Thursday, showed unemployment in Australia rose to 6.0 percent, the highest since July 2003 and above forecasts. The Aussie fell as much as 0.71 percent in the day to hit a session low of 0.89535, before recovering to trade at $0.89652. The AUDUSD pair started the session at 0.89544. The Japanese yen surged against the dollar, extending gains into the European session Thursday, while the Swiss franc climbed against the euro and the dollar as global stocks markets tumbled, boosting demand for haven assets. Dollar Spot Index, which monitors the greenback against 10 major counterparts, was little changed in Europe, trading flat at 80.32 after opening at 80.33. The index so far hit a session high at 80.35 and session low at 80.32. Yen jumped 0.58 percent against the U.S. dollar on Thursday ahead of U.S. reports on weekly jobless claims, retail sales due out later in the day for further signs the economic recovery is on a more solid footing. The report today is forecasted to show U.S. retail sales stalled. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee postponed its Thursday hearing with Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen because of a storm forecast along the U.S. East Coast. The USDJPY pair declined for a second straight session, last trading at ¥101.974 after opening at ¥102.020, according to the 4-hour chart. The USDCHF pair, meanwhile, remained weak in Europe trading at 0.89338, unchanged from an opening of 0.89349. The shared European currency gained for the first time in three days against the dollar, ahead of growth report due tomorrow. The euro-area economy is expected to have grown 0.2 percent in the final three months of last year, expanding for a third straight quarter. Euro gained over dollar today, adding 0.59 percent in the day to trade at $1.36705 after hitting a session high at $1.36768. Stabilizing above resistance level of $1.36863 could show strong upside move.