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Housing Starts Decline, But Still Steady

U.S. housing starts were down 8% in June from May to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.434 million. May’s 1.6 million rated starts had surprised everybody, increasing 20% over April. June single-family starts were at a rate of 935,000, 7% below May, while multi-family starts were 482,000, down 11.6% from May.

Building permits were at a rate of 1.440 million in June, down 3.7%, with single-family permits at 922,000, up 2.2% over May, and multi-family at 467,000, down 13.5%.

Housing completions were at a rate of 1.468 million, 3.3% below May, with single-family completions at 986,000, 2.8% below May, and multi-family at 476,000, down 2.5%.

June housing starts still represented the second highest monthly figure of 2023.

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