The U.S. economy added a better-than-expected 287,000 jobs in June, according to economists who had predicted jobs increasing by about 180,000.
The unemployment rate, meanwhile, increased from 4.7 percent in May to 4.9 percent in June as more people entered the labor force, the Labor Department said.
Wages saw a slight boost in June. There was a 2-cent increase in average hourly earnings last month, bringing the figure to $25.61. Wages have increased 2.6 percent from one year ago.
The number of jobs created in April and May was also revised, decreasing by a total of 6,000.
In response to the June jobs report, Center for American Progress economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement:
Today's employment report is a return to the brisk pace of jobs growth we've seen over the last year and a relief after a month in which job growth fell short of expectations. With the unemployment rate as low as it is today and the job market coming into greater balance, even healthy job growth may not match the same rates of the past 3 years.
Between May's below-expectations jobs report, continued weakness in Asia, and the market turmoil that followed the Brexit vote, the last several weeks were a reminder that there remain significant risks to our economy. The United States fared better than any other advanced economy in the Great Recession because our policymakers--including elected officials in both parties and at the independent Federal Reserve--came together to coordinate a more effective response than other affected economies. We're still experiencing the considerable benefits of that action as the recovery continues.