United States Housing Starts  1959-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Housing starts in the United States rose 3 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1288 thousand in February of 2017, following an upwardly revised 1251 thousand in the previous month and beating market expectations of a 1.4 percent rise. It is the biggest rate in four months as construction of single-family houses hit a near 9-1/2-year high. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1438.29 Thousand from 1959 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 2494 Thousand in January of 1972 and a record low of 478 Thousand in April of 2009.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-02-16 01:30 PM Jan 1246K 1279K 1222K 1220K
2017-03-16 12:30 PM Feb 1288K 1251K 1260K 1250K
2017-03-16 12:30 PM Feb 3% -1.9% 1.4% 3%
2017-04-18 01:30 PM Mar 1288K 1274.9K
2017-04-18 01:30 PM Mar 3% 1274.9K
2017-05-16 12:30 PM Apr 1283K




US Housing Starts Rise More Than Expected


Housing starts in the United States rose 3 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1288 thousand in February of 2017, following an upwardly revised 1251 thousand in the previous month and beating market expectations of a 1.4 percent rise. It is the biggest rate in four months as construction of single-family houses hit a near 9-1/2-year high.

Single-family housing starts, the largest segment of the market went up 6.5 percent to 872 thousand, the highest since October of 2007. In contrast, the volatile multi-family segment declined 7.7 percent to 396 thousand. Starts jumped 35.7 percent to 323 thousand in the West but declined in the Northeast (-9.8 percent to 119 thousand); the Midwest (-4.6 percent to 187 thousand) and the South (-3.8 percent to 659 thousand). 

Building permits fell 6.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1213 thousand, more than market expectations of a 2.6 percent decline. Building permits for multi-family units shrank 26.9 percent to 334 thousand while single-family authorizations rose 3.1 percent to 832 thousand. Permits declined in the Northeast (-22.3 percent to 115 thousand), the South (-10.4 percent to 580 thousand) and in the West (-10 percent to 271 thousand) while increased in the Midwest (25.4 percent to 247 thousand). 

Year-on-year, housing starts went up 6.2 percent and building permits rose 4.4 percent. 

U.S. Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/16/2017 12:55:53 PM



United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1216.00 1293.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1288.00 1251.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 592.00 558.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales 0.40 -0.10 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5480.00 5690.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending -1.00 0.10 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.00 0.40 1.20 -1.70 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 71.00 65.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.46 4.46 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -2.70 3.10 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 63.70 63.50 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 192.61 192.00 206.52 100.00 Index Points [+]



United States Housing Starts Notes

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 March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1288.00 1251.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2017 Thousand Monthly
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