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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 April 2022 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in April 2020 at 21.7% and is now 17.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
New York 4.5% -0.1 -3.3
Buffalo 3.8% -0.1 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 118,819. There are now 98,615 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 20,204 -325 -13,167

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.5% 3.8% 20,204
March
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.9% 20,529
February
2022
3.8% 4.9% 4.0% 20,941
January
2022
4.0% 5.3% 4.2% 21,959
December
2021
3.9% 5.4% 4.5% 23,577
November
2021
4.2% 5.4% 4.4% 23,468
October
2021
4.6% 5.7% 4.5% 23,840
September
2021
4.7% 6.0% 4.8% 25,386
August
2021
5.2% 6.6% 5.1% 27,312
July
2021
5.4% 6.9% 5.5% 29,297
June
2021
5.9% 7.4% 5.8% 30,992

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.