United States Housing Starts  1959-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

US housing starts jumped 4.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1189 thousand in June from May of 2016, after falling an upwardly revised 1.7 percent in the previous period. Figures came much better than market expectations of a 0.5 percent gain, reaching the highest in four months, as groundbreaking on single-family homes rebounded. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1440.88 Thousand from 1959 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 2494 Thousand in January of 1972 and a record low of 478 Thousand in April of 2009. Housing Starts in the United States is reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1189.00 1135.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2016 Thousand Monthly
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Housing Starts refer to the number of new residential construction projects that have begun during any particular month. Estimates of housing starts include units in structures being totally rebuilt on an existing foundation. . This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Housing Starts - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Housing Starts - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-06-17 12:30 PM May 1164K 1167K 1150K 1157K
2016-07-19 12:30 PM Jun 1189K 1135K 1170K 1160K
2016-07-19 12:30 PM Jun 4.8% -1.7% 0.5% 0.1%
2016-08-16 12:30 PM Jul 1189K 1168K
2016-08-16 12:30 PM Jul 4.8% -2%
2016-09-20 12:30 PM Aug 1175K

US Housing Starts at 4-Month High of 1189K


US housing starts jumped 4.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1189 thousand in June from May of 2016, after falling an upwardly revised 1.7 percent in the previous period. Figures came much better than market expectations of a 0.5 percent gain, reaching the highest in four months, as groundbreaking on single-family homes rebounded.

Starts grew in the Northeast (+46.3 percent) and in the West (+17.4 percent), offsetting falls in the Midwest (-5.2 percent) and the South (3.4 percent). 

Groundbreaking on single-family homes, the largest segment of the market, grew 4.4 percent to 778 thousand. The Northeast recorded the biggest increase (up 31.6 percent), followed by the Midwest (+7.3 percent), the West (+3.1 percent) and the South (+0.5 percent). Housing starts for the volatile multi-family segment went up 1.6 percent to 392 thousand, the highest since September last year. 

Building permits rose 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1153 thousand. Single-family authorizations increased 1 percent to 738 thousand, boosted by the Northeast (+13.7 percent) and the West (+0.6 percent) while single-family permits were flat in Midwest and fell 0.3 percent in the South. Multi-family building permits increased 1.9 percent. 

Year-on-year, housing starts fell 2 percent and building permits were down 13.6 percent.

U.S. Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
7/19/2016 1:56:55 PM

United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1153.00 1136.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1189.00 1135.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 592.00 572.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -0.20 4.60 30.00 -24.50 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5570.00 5510.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending -0.80 -1.80 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.20 0.30 1.20 -1.70 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 59.00 60.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 3.69 3.65 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -11.20 -1.30 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 63.50 63.80 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 188.29 186.63 206.52 100.00 Index Points [+]




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