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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in February 2010 at 8.8% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
New York 4.8% 0.0 -1.0
Buffalo 5.1% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 March 2010 at 50,429. There are now 22,003 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 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 28,426 -1,211 -3,454

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.8% 5.1% 28,426
November
2015
5.0% 4.8% 5.3% 29,637
October
2015
5.0% 4.8% 5.5% 30,527
September
2015
5.1% 5.1% 5.6% 31,200
August
2015
5.1% 5.2% 5.6% 30,990
July
2015
5.3% 5.4% 5.6% 31,239
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 5.5% 30,551
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 5.6% 31,146
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

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.