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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2017 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher 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 4.8% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
New York 4.6% -0.1 -0.2
Buffalo 5.6% 0.0 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2017 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 50,433. There are now 20,115 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,349 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,969. Buffalo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Buffalo, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 30,318 -41 +1,774

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
January
2018
4.1%
December
2017
4.1% 4.6% 5.6% 30,318
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.6% 30,359
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.3% 29,300
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 5.3% 29,310
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.4% 29,554
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.3% 28,675
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.2% 28,422
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 5.1% 27,871
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 5.0% 27,427
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 4.8% 26,349
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 5.0% 27,149

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.