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Investing.com - The dollar was broadly higher against the other major currencies on Friday, as markets eyed the release of U.S. nonfarm payrolls data later in the day after an upbeat jobless claims report on Thursday added to optimism over the strength of the job market's recovery.

The dollar edged higher against the yen, with USD/JPY up 0.14% to 105.00.

The dollar remained supported after the U.S. Labor Department said the number of people who filed for unemployment assistance last week fell by 15,000 to 330,000 from the previous week's revised total of 345,000.

Economists had expected jobless claims to decline by 10,000.

The euro was lower against the dollar, with EUR/USD down 0.12% to 1.3592.

Official data earlier showed that industrial production in France climbed 1.3% in November, exceeding expectations for a 0.4% rise, after a downwardly revised 0.5% decline the previous month.

The report came a day after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi reinforced the bank's forward guidance on rates and said the bank was still ready to ready to take "further decisive action" if needed.

The pound was lower against the dollar, with GBP/USD retreating 0.44% to 1.6409.

Official data showed that U.K. manufacturing production was flat in November, disappointing expectations for a 0.4% rise, after a downwardly revised 0.2% uptick the previous month.

The dollar was higher against the Swiss franc, with USD/CHF edging up 0.15% to 0.9082.

In Switzerland, data showed that consumer price inflation fell 0.2% in December, compared to expectations for a 0.1% slip, after a flat reading in November.

The greenback was broadly higher against the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian dollars, with AUD/USD easing 0.07% to 0.8893, NZD/USD shedding 0.23% to 0.8235 and USD/CAD adding 0.15% to 1.0858.

Earlier Friday, industry data showed that new home sales in Australia rose 7.5% in November, following a 3.8% drop in October.

Separately, the export-related currencies came under pressure after data showed that China's trade surplus narrowed to USD25.6 billion in December, from USD33.8 billion the previous month, compared to expectations for a surplus of USD31.1 billion.

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was up 0.12% to 81.17.

Later in the day, the U.S. was to release the closely watched government data on nonfarm payrolls and the unemployment rate.

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