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    • In Canada, the number of permits issued for dwellings decreased by 15.1% in 2009, following a 10.3% decline in 2008. In the United States, the number fell 35.6% in 2009, following a 35.3% decline in 2008.
    • Spain saw the largest drop in building permits among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in 2009 (-58.1%), while Korea showed the largest growth (9.0%). Two other OECD countries posted growth in 2009: Switzerland (0.4%) and Germany (0.7%).
    • In Canada, the unit labour cost for construction increased 5.3% in 2009, compared with a decline of 8.7% in the United States.

    Chart 6.4 Building permits issued for dwellings, by selected country
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