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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.2%. 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 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
New York 4.9% -0.2 -0.1
Buffalo 5.2% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 21,961 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 2,901. Buffalo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Buffalo, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 28,472 -611 -475

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 4.9% 5.2% 28,472
November
2016
4.6% 5.1% 5.3% 29,083
October
2016
4.8% 5.2% 5.4% 29,798
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.2% 28,711
August
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.9% 27,140
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.7% 25,937
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

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.