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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 October 2014 to 6.3%. 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 January 2010 at 8.7% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
New York 6.0% -0.2 -1.4
Buffalo 6.3% +0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 data as November 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 15,399 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 34,650 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 287. Buffalo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Buffalo, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 34,937 +241 -6,003

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8% 5.9%
October
2014
5.8% 6.0% 6.3% 34,937
September
2014
5.9% 6.2% 6.2% 34,696
August
2014
6.1% 6.4% 6.2% 34,994
July
2014
6.2% 6.6% 6.2% 34,650
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

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.