Building permits in the United States rose 5.0 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,328 thousand in November 2018, compared to market expectations of a 0.4 percent fall. It is the highest reading in seven months. Single-family authorizations increased 0.1 percent to 848 thousand and multi-family permits jumped 14.8 percent to 480 thousand. Across regions, permits went up in the South (10.5 percent to 708 thousand) and the West (1.6 percent to 323 thousand) while in the Northeast permits were unchanged (at 120 thousand) and in the Midwest dropped (-4.8 percent to 177 thousand). Building Permits in the United States averaged 1355.74 Thousand from 1960 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 2419 Thousand in December of 1972 and a record low of 513 Thousand in March of 2009.

Building Permits in the United States is expected to be 1230.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Building Permits in the United States to stand at 1240.81 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Building Permits is projected to trend around 1315.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-09-19 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.229M 1.303M 1.31M 1.29M
2018-10-17 12:30 PM Building Permits 1.241M 1.249M 1.278M 1.23M
2018-11-20 01:30 PM Building Permits 1.263M 1.270M 1.27M 1.257M
2018-12-18 01:30 PM Building Permits 1.328M 1.265M 1.259M 1.27M
2019-01-28 01:30 PM Building Permits 1.328M 1.29M 1.230M
2019-02-20 01:30 PM Building Permits
2019-03-19 12:30 PM Building Permits


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1328.00 1265.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1256.00 1217.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand units [+]
New Home Sales 544.00 597.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -7.70 -6.70 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 4990.00 5330.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending -0.10 -0.10 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.30 0.20 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 58.00 56.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.74 4.74 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 13.50 23.50 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 213.89 213.76 213.89 100.00 Index Points [+]
Home Ownership Rate 64.40 64.30 69.20 62.90 percent [+]


United States Building Permits

Building Permits refer to the approvals given by a local jurisdictions before the construction of a new or existing building can legally occur. Not all areas of the United States require a permit for construction. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Building Permits - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Building Permits - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1328.00 1265.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2018 Thousand Monthly
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Australia -9.10 Nov/18
Canada 8293949.00 Nov/18
France 34900.00 Nov/18
Germany 22737.00 Nov/18
Netherlands 9371.00 Oct/18
Turkey 40197.00 Sep/18
United States 1328.00 Nov/18


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