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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Job Growth

There were 564,300 jobs in Buffalo, New York in January 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 519,703 employed persons for the month. Buffalo added 300 jobs in January 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,092 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Buffalo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 564,300 +300 -2,900
CPS 519,703 +1,092 -2,116

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 5,100 jobs have been lost in Buffalo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 562,000 in October 2019, Buffalo has gained 2,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 555,907 for Buffalo in November 2005. 36,204 jobs have been lost in Buffalo since then according to the household survey. From a December 2017 low of 510,529, Buffalo has added 9,174 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2020

Buffalo, New York Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2020 564,300 300 519,703 1,092
December 2019 564,000 200 518,611 -235
November 2019 563,800 1,800 518,846 306
October 2019 562,000 -1,400 518,540 585
September 2019 563,400 800 517,955 552
August 2019 562,600 -300 517,403 -1,463
July 2019 562,900 -3,700 518,866 -1,470
June 2019 566,600 -1,200 520,336 -1,015
May 2019 567,800 -1,600 521,351 -95
April 2019 569,400 2,000 521,446 20
March 2019 567,400 800 521,426 193
February 2019 566,600 -600 521,233 -586