But that +213,000 compares June's level of total jobs with a revised figure for May.
On the same day that the Trump administration began imposing tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing hit back with tariffs on the same amount of USA goods, the job gain showed that the 9-year old US economic expansion - the second-longest on record - remains on firm footing. The driving force behind the surge, however, is frictional unemployment, characterized by workers' confidence to switch jobs in today's economic climate.
The broader USA economy appears to be on sturdy ground. In H1 of past year, the increase was 1.1 million.
"In the past six months, people were just leaving right and left", she said. It had declined for three months in a row.
The rise in unemployment isn't as bad as it seems, said Mark Hamrick, a senior economic analyst for Bankrate.com.
As unemployment rose, the closely watched labor force participation rate also edged higher to 62.9 per cent, while the number of people counted as unemployed rose to 6.6 million people, up almost a half million.
The leap in manufacturing employment was nearly all within the durable goods realm, +32,000.
Education and health care led the gains with 54,000. This suggests difficulties of finding qualified workers are hugely overstated.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast nonfarm payrolls increasing by 195,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate steady at 3.8 percent. That followed an increase of 5,000 jobs in May.
Wage growth continues to be sluggish: Not all the June data were encouraging.
The dollar extended losses against the euro and the yen after the employment report. The second, B-8, is for only production workers, leaving out bosses.
Despite a relatively tight labour market, wage growth remains stuck in the 2 per cent range, with the annual gain of 2.7 per cent unchanged from May.
The public sector gained 11,800 jobs and the private sector lost 2,000.
But before Friday's report, monthly additions have averaged about 200,000 this year.
However, the retail sector shed 22,000 jobs.
The slow growth in labor costs may dissuade the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates more aggressively to head off a spike in inflation.
Some companies will likely respond to the tariffs by putting their hiring plans on hold until the trade picture becomes clearer. By contrast, in the a year ago the unemployment rate has fallen by 0.4 percentage points for workers with just a high school degree, by 0.5 percentage points for workers with some college or an associate degree, and a full percentage point for workers with less than a high school degree.
The long-in-the-tooth nature of the current boom cycle, generally rising interest rates and foreign trade conflicts are among the reasons investors have been leaving major stock market indices around the world in neutral this year.