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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2017 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in February 2010 at 8.8% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
New York 4.3% -0.1 -0.5
Buffalo 4.8% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2017 data as April 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 March 2010 at 50,433. There are now 24,079 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 March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 26,354 -795 -890

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
April
2017
4.4% 4.3%
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 4.8% 26,354
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 5.0% 27,149
January
2017
4.8% 4.6% 5.0% 27,051
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 5.2% 28,544
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 5.3% 28,642
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 5.3% 28,782
September
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.2% 28,591
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.1% 27,948
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.0% 27,246
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 26,929
May
2016
4.7% 4.8% 5.0% 27,154

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.