Permits for new construction in Michigan continued to improve but remain far below pre-recession levels. There were fewer new construction permits issued per capita in Michigan than all "Top Ten" states and all peer states except for Illinois and Ohio. 

What It Is: The number of new, privately owned housing units authorized for construction per 1,000 residents.    

Why It Matters: This measure indicates how quickly new housing stock is being created in the state—a proxy for growing population and household formation, and a source of economic growth.  

New Construction Permits Trends

New Construction Permits Standings

Source: Census Bureau - Building Permits Survey