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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in February 2010 at 8.8% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
New York 5.7% 0.0 -0.7
Buffalo 5.6% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 50,429. There are now 19,278 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 29,781 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,370. Buffalo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Buffalo, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 31,151 +670 -3,615

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 5.6% 31,151
April
2015
5.4% 5.7% 5.5% 30,481
March
2015
5.5% 5.7% 5.4% 29,781
February
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.6% 30,426
January
2015
5.7% 5.8% 5.7% 31,323
December
2014
5.6% 5.8% 5.8% 31,880
November
2014
5.8% 5.8% 5.9% 32,448
October
2014
5.7% 5.9% 6.0% 32,898
September
2014
5.9% 6.0% 6.1% 33,412
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 6.2% 33,933
July
2014
6.2% 6.1% 6.2% 34,154
June
2014
6.1% 6.3% 6.2% 34,338

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.