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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 November 2021 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in April 2020 at 20.9% and is now 15.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
New York 6.6% -0.3 -2.1
Buffalo 5.1% -0.1 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 April 2020 at 110,024. There are now 83,008 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 27,016 -865 -9,517

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.6% 5.1% 27,016
October
2021
4.6% 6.9% 5.2% 27,881
September
2021
4.7% 7.1% 5.3% 28,211
August
2021
5.2% 7.4% 6.0% 32,066
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 6.1% 32,845
June
2021
5.9% 7.7% 6.3% 33,868
May
2021
5.8% 7.8% 6.5% 34,814
April
2021
6.0% 8.2% 6.6% 35,886
March
2021
6.0% 8.4% 6.7% 36,482
February
2021
6.2% 8.9% 6.7% 36,336
January
2021
6.4% 8.8% 6.6% 35,901

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.