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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Job Growth

There were 530,300 jobs in Buffalo, New York in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 504,951 employed persons for the month. Buffalo added 2,200 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 160 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Buffalo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 530,300 +2,200 +76,400
CPS 504,951 +160 +61,545

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Buffalo, New York Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Buffalo as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Buffalo, New York

CES employment for Buffalo peaked in April 2019 at 568,500. Since then 38,200 jobs have been lost in Buffalo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 443,300 in April 2020, Buffalo has gained 87,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 556,759 for Buffalo in April 2006. 51,808 jobs have been lost in Buffalo since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 416,308, Buffalo has added 88,643 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Buffalo, New York Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 530,300 2,200 504,951 160
April 2021 528,100 3,400 504,791 -14
March 2021 524,700 5,200 504,805 -1,113
February 2021 519,500 1,100 505,918 -1,740
January 2021 518,400 6,600 507,658 4,598
December 2020 511,800 -3,999 503,060 2,855
November 2020 515,799 99 500,205 3,575
October 2020 515,700 4,400 496,630 4,204
September 2020 511,300 12,900 492,426 6,112
August 2020 498,400 9,300 486,314 9,337
July 2020 489,100 10,000 476,977 13,865
June 2020 479,100 25,200 463,112 19,706