The labor force in Illinois was 6,575,202 in February 2016, up from 6,537,286 in January 2016, and up from 6,459,564 one year ago in February 2015. Employment was 6,116,476 in February 2016, up from 6,075,888 in January 2016, and up from 6,041,231 one year ago in February 2015.