Even more surprising is this: If you do the math, the jobless rate actually rose by 0.3 of a percentage point - from 3.75 percent in May to 4.05 percent in June.
Canada received a dose of new jobs last month, maintained sturdy wage growth and saw more people searching for work - all seen as positives by experts who believe the path is clear for the central bank to raise interest rates next week.
"Overall the report is good news insofar as it suggests the economy still has some capacity to grow at an above-trend pace without generating much inflationary pressure", said Michael Feroli, an economist at JPMorgan in NY.
The manufacturing sector helped power the gains, adding 36,000 jobs, but the retail sector shed 22,000 positions.
The US economy needs to create roughly 120,000 jobs per month to keep up with growth in the working-age population.
Meanwhile, the revisions for the two previous months - April and May - looked encouraging, with a combined gain of 37,000 jobs as compared to previous BLS reports.
But the Trump administration's "America First" trade policy, which has tipped the United States into a trade war with China poses a risk to the labor market and economy.
Government payrolls increased by 11,000 jobs in June, buoyed by local government hiring.
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Steady hiring and low unemployment shows the labor market continues to be an area of strength for the economy since the recession ended nine years ago.
"Contacts expressed concern about the possible adverse effects of tariffs and other proposed trade restrictions", the Fed said in minutes published Thursday. That unemployment rate for only short-term workers made a new low for the cycle in June at 3.05%.
Major trade partners, including China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union, have retaliated with their own tariffs. Some economists project economic output rose at better than 4% annual pace in the second quarter for the first time since 2014.
Trump has also spoken about slapping tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, which General Motors has warned could hurt the USA auto industry and drive up vehicle prices.
The report showed that Canada's trade surplus with the US narrowed to $3.3 billion in May, from $3.7 billion April, as more imports headed north across the border and south-bound exports decreased.
The broader US economy appears sturdy.
Construction payrolls rose by 13,000 last month after rising by 29,000 jobs in May. But retailers shed 21,600 jobs, with the losses concentrated at general merchandise stores. There were increases in professional and business services employment as well as leisure and hospitality.