The eurozone's unemployment rate has fallen for the first time since early 2011, according to official data.
The ECB thinks an inflation rate of just under 2% is ideal for economic growth
The jobless rate across the 17 countries using the euro currency fell to 12.1% in October, the first fall since February 2011, the European Union's statistics office Eurostat said.
About 19 million people are out of work across the region.
Meanwhile, the annual rate of consumer inflation rose from 0.7% to 0.9%.
The European Central Bank (ECB) aims to keep inflation just below 2%. - the level it deems right for growth.
The data indicates that the fragile eurozone economy is gradually improving, although there are big disparities between individual countries.
Unemployment in Spain and Greece is at 27%, for example, while Austria's is at 5%.
In a surprise move earlier this month, the ECB cut its benchmark interest rate from 0.5% to a record low of 0.25%.
ECB president Mario Draghi said the decision reflected its view that low inflation and weak economic growth would be the dominant story in the region.
When inflation amongst the 17 countries using the euro currency fell to 0.7% in October - its lowest level since January 2010 - there were fears eurozone growth could be stalling and that some countries could even be moving into deflation.