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
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
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.