Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in January 2010 at 8.7% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
New York 5.8% 0.0 -1.2
Buffalo 6.0% -0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Buffalo, New York, National

Buffalo, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Buffalo, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Buffalo peaked in February 2010 at 50,336. There are now 17,238 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Buffalo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Buffalo, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 33,098 -1,280 -5,863

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4% 5.7%
March
2015
5.5% 5.7%
February
2015
5.5% 5.8%
January
2015
5.7% 5.8%
December
2014
5.6% 5.8% 6.0% 33,098
November
2014
5.8% 5.8% 6.2% 34,378
October
2014
5.7% 5.9% 6.3% 34,927
September
2014
5.9% 6.0% 6.2% 34,696
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 6.2% 34,994
July
2014
6.2% 6.1% 6.2% 34,650
June
2014
6.1% 6.3% 6.2% 34,650
May
2014
6.3% 6.4% 6.3% 35,389

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.