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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in February 2010 at 8.8% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
New York 3.9% 0.0 -0.6
Buffalo 3.9% -0.2 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 29,372 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 21,165 -1,042 -8,533

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 21,165
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 4.1% 22,207
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.1% 22,681
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.0% 22,221
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 4.2% 23,142
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.3% 23,774
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.5% 24,964
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.5% 24,695
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.6% 25,441
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.8% 26,473
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.3% 28,999

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.