Gold gained nearly 2 percent on Friday after a U.S. nonfarm payrolls report came in slightly below expectations, but signs that the world's largest economy is growing at a solid pace, a stable dollar and higher equities capped the upside.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 new jobs last month, compared with a 197,000 rise in February and less than an expected 200,000. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent.
Even so, with a solid pace of hiring for a second month, the economy appears to be recovering from a winter-linked slowdown earlier in the year.
U.S. gold futures for June delivery settled 1.5 percent higher at $1,303.50 an ounce, up 0.7 percent on the week.
Earlier, spot gold rose as much as 1.4 percent to a session high of $1,306.50. It was last up 1.1 percent at $1,301 an ounce.
Friday's gains helped snap a third straight week of losses, which seemed likely after the metal hit a seven-week low of $1,277.29 on Tuesday.