Buffalo-Niagara Falls showed a jobless rate of 6.0 percent in May 2014, down from 7.3 percent a year ago.
While there were fewer unemployed people in the region (33,500 compared to 41,500 last May), there were also fewer people working (526,000, down from 527,600) - the lowest total for the month in the last quarter century.
The unemployment rate for Buffalo was at its lowest rate since 2008 when the figure was 5.6 percent. That also was the case in April when comparing year-over-year figures.
In Rochester, the jobless rate was 5.8 percent last month, down from 7.0 percent in the past year.
For the 52-county Upstate area, it was at 5.9 percent compared to 7.2 percent.
The state Department of Labor notes the rates are preliminary and subject to change.