U.S Housing Starts Break Negative Pattern: Both Single-Family, Multi-Family Increase

U.S. housing starts in August jumped 12.2% over July to an annual rate of 1.575 million, breaking a three month losing streak, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly new residential construction report.

Single-family starts increased 3.4% to 935,000, and multi-family (five units or more) were 621,000, up an impressive 28.6% over July.

Building permits, however, dipped 10% to 1.517 million, with single-family at a rate of 899,000, down 3.5%, and multi-family at 571,000, a decline of 18.5%.

Housing completions were at an annual rate of 1.342 million in August, down 5.4% from July, though single-family was up 0.4% to 1.017 million, while multi-family at 318,000 was down 20.7%.

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