The US government has said the country's economy added a bigger than expected 132,000 jobs in November, though the unemployment rate edged up slightly from October.

The Labor Department said the unemployment rate was up to 4.5% from the five-and-a-half-year low of 4.4% it reached in October. The new jobs total last month topped Wall Street economists' forecasts that 110,000 jobs would be created.

All the hiring occurred in service industries, where 172,000 jobs were added, while goods-producing industries shed 40,000 jobs. Some 29,000 construction jobs were lost in November on top of a 24,000 reduction in October, reflecting the reduced level of activity in homebuilding and other construction.

The department revised down the number of jobs created in October to 79,000 from a previously reported 92,000 but it said that, in September, a robust 203,000 jobs were created instead of 148,000 as it had reported previously.

Meanwhile, a report showed that US consumer sentiment fell in December, as consumers pared back their views of future financial conditions. The University of Michigan said its preliminary reading on consumer sentiment in December was 90.2, down from November's reading of 92.1. The index had been expected to dip only slightly to 92.

The euro fell sharply to just over $1.32 on Friday evening, having earlier surged towards $1.3350.