Building permits in the United States decreased 2.7 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,387 thousand in September 2019, while markets had expected a 26 percent tumble to 1,350 thousand. Authorisations for the volatile multi-family housing segment fell 8.2 percent to 505 thousand while single-family permits advanced 0.8 percent to 882 thousand, its highest level since February last year. Across regions, permits were down in the Northeast (-25.7 percent to 113 thousand); the Midwest (-5.9 percent to 176 thousand) and the South (-2.9 percent to 732 thousand), but increased in the West (10.2 percent to 366 thousand). Permits for August were revised to 1,425 thousand, the highest level since May 2007, from 1,419 thousand. Building Permits in the United States averaged 1355.46 Thousand from 1960 until 2019, 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 1210.00 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 1150.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Building Permits is projected to trend around 1200.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-09-18 12:30 PM Building Permits Aug 1.419M 1.317M 1.3M 1.296M
2019-09-18 12:30 PM Building Permits MoM Aug 7.7% 6.9% -3%
2019-10-17 12:30 PM Building Permits Sep 1.387M 1.425M 1.35M 1.300M
2019-10-17 12:30 PM Building Permits MoM Sep -2.7% 7.7% -26% -8.4%
2019-11-19 01:30 PM Building Permits Oct 1.387M
2019-12-17 01:30 PM Building Permits Nov


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1387.00 1425.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1256.00 1386.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand units [+]
New Home Sales 713.00 666.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand units [+]
Pending Home Sales 2.50 -0.30 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5380.00 5500.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.10 0.00 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.40 0.20 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 71.00 68.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.02 3.92 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -11.90 0.50 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 218.00 217.72 218.00 100.00 Index Points [+]
Home Ownership Rate 64.10 64.20 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 October of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1387.00 1425.00 2419.00 513.00 1960 - 2019 Thousand Monthly
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Country Last Previous
Australia -1.10 Aug/19
Canada 8964826.00 Aug/19
France 30000.00 Aug/19
Germany 27365.00 Aug/19
Netherlands 2927.00 Aug/19
South Africa 10202315.00 Aug/19
Turkey 9477.00 Jun/19
United States 1387.00 Sep/19


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