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Armor In Housing Starts Reveals Crack

U.S. housing starts dropped significantly in May 2022, down 14.4% from April to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.549 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly new residential construction report. Both single-family and multi-family starts took hits, with single-family declining 9.2% to a rate of 1.051 million, and multi-family dipping 26.8% to 469,000.

The downslides in May come after both single-family and multi-family had one of their best performances of the year in April.

U.S. housing building permits were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.695 million, down 7% from April, with single-family at 1.048 million, down 5.5%, and multi-family down 10% to 592,000.

U.S. privately-owned housing completions were at a rate of 1.465 million in May, which was 9.1% above April, led by multi-family’s 33.2% gain to 417,000, while single-family was 1.043 million, up 2.8% over April.

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