- by New Deal democrat
On Thursday I wrote that I had a bone to pick with the Census Bureau because of some major unexplained revisions to housing permits that made a year of growth, including a huge spike in May and June disappear.
Here's the FRED chart showing that (permits in red):
Well, an hour and a half after my post, the FRED data was revised. Here's what it looks like now. I've kept the screenshot to show the time of revision:
Here is the bar graph of revisions of the last year's data. The first is from Thursday morning. The second is from Thursday afternoon:
I haven't seen any correction or other note on either the Census Bureau or the FRED site, so I don't know where it originated.
I'm gratified that the corrected information shows new highs in permits, and that August is still higher than any other month except for the May-June spike. Along with real retail sales per capita and real money supply, this is why I am increasingly confident that our economic expansion will continue through the third quarter of next year.
I just wish there would be more transparency when an error like this happens.