The U.S. dollar failed to rally on Friday against a basket of major currencies after a mixed U.S. jobs report stoked uncertainty over the timing of Federal Reserve rate hikes, but gains against the euro helped the currency edge higher.
U.S. Labor Department data showed nonfarm payrolls increased 223,000 last month, while the unemployment rate dropped to a near seven-year low of 5.4 percent. March payrolls, however, were revised to show only 85,000 jobs were created, the smallest since June 2012.
While the dollar initially rallied against a basket of major currencies after the data, with the euro slipping below $1.12 to a session low of $1.1179, it gave back most of its gains as traders digested negative details of the jobs report.
"It pretty much secured the idea that it would take some extremely strong data to have the Fed even contemplate moving in June," said Alan Ruskin, global head of currency strategy at Deutsche Bank in New York, on the jobs report.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of major currencies, was set to post its fourth straight week of losses.
The U.S. nonfarm payrolls report has been closely watched for hints on how soon the Fed might be prepared to raise interest rates from rock-bottom levels. A rate hike will likely boost the dollar by driving investment flows into the United States.