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SYDNEY, Feb 15 AAP

February 15 2013, 06:43AM

The Australian dollar is almost level, following a night of mixed economic data.

At 0630 AEDT on Friday, the local unit was trading at 103.48 US cents, slightly down from 103.50 cents on Thursday.

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits fell last week to their lowest level since January 2008, a sign that employment growth may be picking up.

Earlier in the overnight session, it was revealed that the eurozone recession was getting worse.

The region's economy shrank 0.6 per cent in the December quarter, following a contraction of 0.1 per cent in the previous quarter.