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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Job Growth

There were 524,400 jobs in Buffalo, New York in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 499,748 employed persons for the month. Buffalo lost 300 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 4,929 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Buffalo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 524,400 -300 -39,400
CPS 499,748 +4,929 -17,567

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 569,400. Since then 45,000 jobs have been lost in Buffalo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 453,800 in April 2020, Buffalo has gained 70,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 555,907 for Buffalo in November 2005. 56,159 jobs have been lost in Buffalo since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 438,262, Buffalo has added 61,486 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Buffalo, New York Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 524,400 -300 499,748 4,929
October 2020 524,700 5,700 494,819 -698
September 2020 519,000 8,200 495,517 -156
August 2020 510,800 6,100 495,673 7,716
July 2020 504,700 11,200 487,957 13,661
June 2020 493,500 30,700 474,296 6,814
May 2020 462,800 9,000 467,482 29,220
April 2020 453,800 -109,100 438,262 -81,637
March 2020 562,900 -2,600 519,899 140
February 2020 565,500 700 519,759 1,485
January 2020 564,800 800 518,274 453
December 2019 564,000 200 517,821 506