Buffalo unemployment falls again as workforce keeps shrinking

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM EDT

By Business First

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Buffalo unemployment falls again as workforce keeps shrinking

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM EDT

The rate of unemployment in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls market declined in June, as did the pool of workers.

The jobless rate for the Buffalo area was 6.0 percent, down from 7.5 percent last year and the lowest tabulation for the month of June since 5.5 percent in 2008. The labor force at that time was 591,600 for the Buffalo metropolitan area - a peak figure since 2000. According to the labor department, the local workforce was 568,400 last month, continuing a six-year decline.

Rochester had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent for the month, down from 7.1 percent year-over-year.

The state Department of Labor's preliminary figures showed the 52-county Upstate region to have a jobless rate of 5.9 percent in June, down from 7.4 percent in the same month last year.

The unemployment rerport follows last week's release on job growth.