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Building permits in the USA

, January 1960 - March 2021: The data series span the period from January 1960 to March 2021. During that time, the average value for the USA was 1359231 building permits with a minumum of 513000 building permits in March 2009 and a maximum of 2419000 building permits in December 1972. The latest number is 1766000, a change of 2.67% from the previous data point of 1720000 building permits and a change of 30.24% from a year ago when the level was 1356000 building permits.

The number of building permits is considered a leading macroeconomic indicator as it typically grows a few months ahead of an economic expansion and declines a few months before an economic slowdown. See more information about that indicator on our Building permits page.
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Measure: building permits
Source: United States Census Bureau

Definition: Building permits are authorizations granted by a government or another regulatory body before the construction of a new building can legally occur.
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