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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 4.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.7%. 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 April 2020 at 19.5% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
New York 14.5% -0.8 +10.5
Buffalo 14.7% -4.8 +10.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 April 2020 at 106,224. There are now 26,141 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 80,083 -26,141 +57,198

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 15.7%
May
2020
13.3% 14.5% 14.7% 80,083
April
2020
14.7% 15.3% 19.5% 106,224
March
2020
4.4% 4.1% 4.8% 26,141
February
2020
3.5% 3.7% 4.4% 23,901
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 4.5% 24,451
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.7% 25,312
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.6% 24,985
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 4.5% 24,625
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.5% 24,252
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.4% 23,873
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.4% 23,494

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.