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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in February 2010 at 8.8% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
New York 4.5% -0.1 -0.2
Buffalo 4.8% -0.5 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 24,061 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 May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 26,476 -2,523 -3,031

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 4.8% 26,476
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.5% 30,139
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.4% 29,791
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 5.4% 29,710
August
2017
4.4% 4.7% 5.4% 29,744
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.4% 29,584

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.