Illinois July unemployment rate dips to 5.8 percent

Illinois added 11,600 jobs last month and saw its unemployment rate drop to 5.8 percent, the lowest since last summer, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Still, the state agency’s analysis was gloomy, saying the decrease in unemployment was largely due to a decline in the labor force.

The Illinois labor force participation rate, which measures everyone who is working or trying to, has been falling since April after posting steady increases for more than a year.

“As a result of Illinois’ subpar job growth, every day more than 1,000 people give up looking for work,” Illinois Department of Commerce acting Director Sean McCarthy said in a news release announcing the numbers.