* C$ retreats from near-parity after jobs report
* Pares gains to 99.81 U.S. cents
* Next up: U.S. jobs report for November
TORONTO, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar pared gains against the U.S. dollar on Friday after data showed the domestic economy gave a mixed performance in November as fewer than expected jobs were created but the unemployment rate fell.
Canada's economy added 15,200 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent from 7.9 percent as more youth dropped out of the job market, Statistics Canada said.
Analysts surveyed by Reuters had expected the economy to add 18,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate to remain at 7.9 percent. [ID:nN03271210]
At 7:30 a.m. (1230 GMT), the Canadian dollarhad softened to C$1.0019 to the U.S. dollar, or 99.81 U.S. cents, from C$1.0005 to the U.S. dollar, or 99.95 U.S. cents, shortly before the data was released.
But it was still higher than Thursday's North American session close at C$1.0039 to the U.S. dollar, or 99.61 U.S. cents.
The jobs report does little to change expectations the Bank of Canada will hold its benchmark interest rate steady on Dec. 7 at 1 percent.
But market watchers said the U.S. jobs report may be just as critical to the Bank of Canada's monetary policy path.
"Ironically, the more important numbers for the Bank of Canada are probably coming out of the U.S. rather than Canada in that the reason the BoC went on to pause was really the soft spot in the U.S. economy," said Adam Cole, head currency strategist, at RBC Capital Markets in London.
"Domestically, Canada itself has argued for the BoC to continue to hike, I think, so it's the fading of the soft spot in the U.S. that will really get the Bank of Canada back on track."
Meantime, Canadian government bonds held lower across the curve following the domestic data, and attention turned to waiting for the U.S. November jobs report due at 8:30 a.m.
The two-year government of Canada bondwas off 1 Canadian cent to yield 1.681 percent, while the 10-year bond was down 23 Canadian cents to yield 3.229 percent.
(Reporting by Ka Yan Ng and John McCrank, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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