In single-family permits, through February, there have been 2,222 permits this year, compared to 1,406 during the first two months of 2012. That's an increase of 58 percent.
During the month of February alone, there were 1,191 single family permits and 598 multifamily permits issued. during February of 2012, there were 710 and 119 single-family and multifamily units, respectively.
The first graph shows cumulative totals from January through February of each year:
The second graph shows month to month totals in permits. Note the upward drift in both single-family and multifamily permits. Totals, of course, remain well down from peak levels.