Building permits in the USA, October, 2020
The data series span the period from January 1960 to October 2020.
During that time, the average value for the USA was
1356610 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 1545000, a change of 0% from the previous data point of
1545000 building permits and a change of 2.79% from a year ago when the level was
1503000 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.