US businesses added 235,000 jobs in February, exceeding economists’ forecasts of about 200,000.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday that the unemployment rate had also edged lower to 4.7%.
The figures suggest that the robust US jobs market maintained its strong growth in the first full month under President Trump.
Analysts said it lifted expectations that the US Federal Reserve would raise interest rates next week.
Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said last week that the central bank could raise rates in March if employment and inflation figures met their expectations.
The job gains in February were boosted by 58,000 new construction jobs, the most in nearly a decade.
The growth in new US jobs – not including agricultural work – has been gathering pace in recent months, although February’s gain was slightly below January’s revised rise of 238,000 jobs.
“It’s difficult to find anything to be down about in the jobs report, with job creation being well above the 12 month average and far exceeding what the Fed deems to be good enough,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.