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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2016 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in February 2010 at 8.8% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.4
New York 4.7% 0.0 -0.4
Buffalo 4.7% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2016 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 March 2010 at 50,433. There are now 24,487 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 25,571 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 375. Buffalo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Buffalo, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 25,946 +314 -4,670

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
August
2016
4.9% 4.8%
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.7% 25,946
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.6% 25,632
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 4.8% 26,771
April
2016
5.0% 4.9% 5.0% 27,584
March
2016
5.0% 4.8% 4.7% 26,194
February
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.6% 25,571
January
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 26,750
December
2015
5.0% 5.0% 5.3% 28,947
November
2015
5.0% 4.9% 5.3% 29,283
October
2015
5.0% 4.9% 5.4% 29,582
September
2015
5.1% 5.0% 5.4% 29,863

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.