Washington building permits: October 2018


Washington issued 3,606 building permits for privately owned housing during October, according to data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Economists follow building permits closely because they can be a barometer of economic activity with higher numbers signaling a surge in economic growth or lower numbers raising concerns of a coming downturn. Higher numbers can also indicate job expansion in the construction industry and more demand for related home products, such as appliances and furnishings.

Nationwide, 112,566 building permits for privately owned housing were issued in October.

Building permits issued in Washington in October
1 Unit
2 Units
3 and 4 Units
5 Units or More
Total
2,029
144
86
1,347
3,606

Source: US Census Bureau

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