Unemployment rate improves in Buffalo

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 7:04 AM EDT

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Unemployment rate improves in Buffalo

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 7:04 AM EDT

Updated figures from the state Department of Labor show a decline in joblessness for March compared to the same month last year.

The Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area had an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent last month, down from 8.8 percent a year ago.

In Rochester, the rate declined to 8.0 percent from 8.3 percent year-over-year.

The lowest unemployment rate in Upstate New York remains in Ithaca at 5.3 percent, down from 5.7 percent a year ago.

The state's unemployment rate relies in part on the results of a telephone survey of 3,100 households throughout New York.

The labor department reported last week an uptick in private-sector employment for the Buffalo area.