Gold rose on Friday after U.S. jobs growth came in below expectations, dampening the likelihood of an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve this month.
U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by a slower-than-expected 151,000 in August, against expectations for a rise of 180,000.
Spot gold jumped to a session high of $1,328.73 after the non-farm payrolls data, and was up 0.47 percent at $1,319.64 an ounce. U.S. gold was up 0.45 percent at $1,323.
Gold is highly sensitive to rising U.S. interest rates, which increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion while boosting the dollar in which it is priced. U.S. gold futures added 0.7 percent to $1,326.80 an ounce.
"The market was not expecting such a glum number from the U.S. ... it's evidence that the U.S. economy is still not strong enough to sustain another rate hike and that's positive for gold," said Jonathan Butler, commodities analyst at Mitsubishi.
"This number means rake hikes could get pushed further into the future and gold will benefit from safe-haven buying and expectations that the macro environment will continue to be favourable for even longer."