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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Job Growth

There were 517,400 jobs in Buffalo, New York in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 499,067 employed persons for the month. Buffalo lost 1,000 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,106 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Buffalo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 517,400 -1,000 -50,200
CPS 499,067 -1,106 -20,692

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 51,100 jobs have been lost in Buffalo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 443,300 in April 2020, Buffalo has gained 74,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 555,907 for Buffalo in November 2005. 56,840 jobs have been lost in Buffalo since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 438,262, Buffalo has added 60,805 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Buffalo, New York Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 517,400 -1,000 499,067 -1,106
January 2021 518,400 6,600 500,173 5,130
December 2020 511,800 -3,999 495,043 15
November 2020 515,799 99 495,028 209
October 2020 515,700 4,400 494,819 -698
September 2020 511,300 12,900 495,517 -156
August 2020 498,400 9,300 495,673 7,716
July 2020 489,100 10,000 487,957 13,661
June 2020 479,100 25,200 474,296 6,814
May 2020 453,900 10,600 467,482 29,220
April 2020 443,300 -118,700 438,262 -81,637
March 2020 562,000 -5,600 519,899 140