The labor force in Illinois was 6,530,008 in July 2017, down from 6,546,903 in June 2017, and down from 6,607,396 one year ago in July 2016. Employment was 6,210,295 in July 2017, down from 6,217,882 in June 2017, and down from 6,220,568 one year ago in July 2016.