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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 July 2019 to 4.0%. 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 January 2010 at 8.7% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Buffalo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
New York 4.0% 0.0 0.0
Buffalo 4.0% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 February 2010 at 50,256. There are now 28,465 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 21,575 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 216. Buffalo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Buffalo, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Buffalo 21,791 +216 -1,846

Number of Unemployed Persons

Buffalo, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployment Rate
Buffalo
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0%
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 21,791
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 21,575
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 4.0% 21,914
April
2019
3.6% 3.9% 4.0% 21,943
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.1% 22,175
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.1% 22,343
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 4.2% 22,832
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.2% 23,087
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.2% 22,998
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 4.2% 22,827

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.