|# of Units||% Change Permitted |
Compared to Year-to-date Year Ago
|East North Central||114,285||7.9%|
|West North Central||49,273||6.7%|
|East South Central||46,123||1.5%|
|West South Central||96,988||-2.9%|
|Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; Professional Builder|
The biggest surprise of the year--at least from the perspective of recent historical experience--continues to be the presence of very strong permit growth in the long-languishing Middle Atlantic region, and the near absence of growth in the Rocky Mountain region. The Middle Atlantic sub-region registered a gain of 14.7%, slightly better than the South Atlantic.