Illinois unemployment dips with shrinking labor force

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials say the April unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percentage points to 4.7 percent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that nonfarm payrolls decreased by 7,200 jobs over the month. That’s based on preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. IDES Director Jeff Mays says the drop in unemployment was because of a shrinking labor force.