Hamilton’s unemployment rate jumped from 5.8 per cent in May to 6 per cent last month.
It remains lower than other major cities in the province, including Toronto (6.7%), the St. Catharines-Niagara region (8.4%), London (7.3%) and Windsor (6.4%).
Peterborough has the lowest jobless rate among Canada’s medium to large cities at just 4.5%.
Brantford has a 6.5% unemployment rate.
Nationally, the unemployment rate fell to 6.8 per cent last month from 6.9 per cent in May because fewer people were looking for work.
The monthly survey found there were 45,500 jobs added in the service sector but the goods-producing industries shed 46,200 positions.
Statcan says B.C. was the only province to add a significant number of jobs last month with 16,000 new positions, while the labour markets in other regions decreased or remained largely unchanged.
A consensus of economists had predicted the country to add 5,000 jobs and for the unemployment rate to move up to seven per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.
(with files from The Canadian Press)