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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2014 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in January 2010 at 8.7% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% +0.1 -1.1
New York 6.6% 0.0 -1.1
Buffalo 6.1% -0.1 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2014 data as August 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 15,700 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 July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 34,636 -14 -8,527

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
August
2014
6.1% 6.4%
July
2014
6.2% 6.6% 6.1% 34,636
June
2014
6.1% 6.6% 6.2% 34,650
May
2014
6.3% 6.7% 6.3% 35,389
April
2014
6.3% 6.7% 6.3% 35,818
March
2014
6.7% 6.9% 6.6% 37,294
February
2014
6.7% 6.8% 6.6% 37,257
January
2014
6.6% 6.8% 6.6% 37,455
December
2013
6.7% 7.0% 6.9% 38,961
November
2013
7.0% 7.1% 7.0% 39,935
October
2013
7.2% 7.4% 7.2% 40,940
September
2013
7.2% 7.5% 7.3% 41,896
August
2013
7.2% 7.7% 7.5% 42,673

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.