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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Buffalo fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Buffalo peaked in April 2020 at 21.7% and is now 17.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
New York 4.3% -0.4 -1.7
Buffalo 3.9% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 97,746 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,185 in April 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 888. Buffalo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Buffalo, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 21,073 -13 -4,313

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.3% 3.9% 21,073
August
2022
3.7% 4.7% 3.9% 21,086
July
2022
3.5% 4.3% 3.8% 20,489
June
2022
3.6% 4.4% 3.7% 20,255
May
2022
3.6% 4.4% 3.8% 20,214
April
2022
3.6% 4.5% 3.8% 20,185
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

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.