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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in February 2010 at 8.8% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
New York 4.0% -0.1 -0.7
Buffalo 4.2% -0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Buffalo, New York, National

Buffalo, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Buffalo, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Buffalo peaked in March 2010 at 50,537. There are now 27,360 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Buffalo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Buffalo, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 23,177 -597 -6,614

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.0% 4.2% 23,177
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 23,774
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.5% 24,964
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.5% 24,695
June
2018
4.0% 4.5% 4.6% 25,441
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 4.8% 26,473
April
2018
3.9% 4.6% 5.3% 28,999
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 5.4% 29,609
February
2018
4.1% 4.6% 5.4% 29,698
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.4% 29,349
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.6% 30,419

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.