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Employment Data for Buffalo-Niagara

Date: Jul 11, 2018
Author(s): Partnership for the Public Good
Topic(s): Data / Demographics / History: General, Economic Development: General, Economic Development: Economic Conditions, Poverty / Income Inequality: General
Type: Buffalo Brief

Unemployment in Buffalo and the surrounding region shot upward in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, but declined in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2017, unemployment rose in the city and region while falling in the state and nation. 

Western New York’s minority residents continue to suffer from severe racial employment disparities. The black unemployment rate was more than three times the white unemployment rate in 2016, while the unemployment rate for those of Hispanic or Latino origin was more than double the white unemployment rate. 

Across the board, Buffalo’s women workers are paid less than the men who occupy the same job categories. In the private sector, the earnings differential in favor of men is a striking 32%.

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