Gold slipped on Wednesday, adding to its deepest monthly losses in over three years as strong U.S. economic data buoyed the dollar and further cemented the case for hiking rates in December.
U.S. private employers stepped up hiring in November much more than expected and consumer spending increased last month, giving more ammunition to the Federal Reserve for a rate increase.
The data helped the dollar climb half a percent against a basket of major currencies after last week touching the highest levels for almost 14 years.
Gold is highly sensitive to rising rates, which lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion, while boosting the dollar, in which it is priced.
Gold has shed nearly 8 percent in November, the biggest monthly fall since June 2013, hurt by a rally in the U.S. dollar on surging Treasury yields as investors believed President-elect Donald Trump's policies would invoke faster inflation.