The figures for the previous two months were also revised higher.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast nonfarm payrolls increasing by 195,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate steady at 3.8 percent.
Nearly half of June's construction jobs increase (+13,000) occurred in the "heavy and civil engineering" category, +6,000.
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 US goods, the job gain showed that the 9-year old USA economic expansion - the second-longest on record - remains on firm footing. The participation rate, or share of working-age people in the labour force, increased to 62.9 per cent from 62.7 per cent the prior month.
Average hourly earnings are expected to have increased by 0.3% month-on-month and 2.8% compared to June 2017. Asian unemployment increased to 3.2 percent from an extraordinary 2.1 percent in May.
"I'm really excited to see that the labor force is growing", said Catherine Barrera, chief economist of the online job site ZipRecruiter.
It's the longest streak on record. According to the BLS, the sector lost approximately 500 jobs in June, the latest month for which data is available. While improving prospects for employment and wages are helping attract people from the sidelines of the job market, the retirements of older workers are among factors that have been exerting downward pressure on participation. Economists project that the GDP growth will maintain the yearly pace of 4% or even higher in the second quarter.
The job growth wasn't enough to keep the unemployment rate from rising from 3.8 percent to 4 percent, the government said July 6.
The United States imposed the first duties on $34 billion in Chinese goods early Friday, and China immediately retaliated with levies on an equal amount of American goods, including heartland staples like soybeans, corn, pork and poultry.
But the Federal Reserve reported that businesses are becoming anxious about the fallout. More specifically, hiring in the manufacturing sector - which should be the most sensitive to retaliatory trade sanctions - is running at the fastest pace since 1998. But for now the sector, which accounts for about 12 percent of the USA economy, appears in good health. Manufacturing led the way with an increase of 36,000 jobs, 12,000 of which were in autos. Fed officials last month boosted the number of interest-rate hikes they expect in 2018 to four from three.
The picture was brighter for the leisure and hospitality industry.
Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey says the jobless rate in June was down 0.1% from May to 5.8%.