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

Housing starts in the Unites States rose 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1172 thousand in April 2016, compared to an upwardly revised 1099 thousand in the previous month. The figure came in above market expectations of 1127 thousand, boosted by single-family housing starts. Meanwhile, building permits went up 3.6 percent, following a 7.3 percent drop in March, but lower than an expected 4.3 percent gain. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1441.61 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
1172.00 1089.00 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 May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-03-16 12:30 PM Feb 1178K 1120K 1150K 1105K
2016-04-19 12:30 PM Mar 1089K 1194K 1170K 1165K
2016-05-17 12:30 PM Apr 1172K 1099K 1127K 1129K
2016-06-17 12:30 PM May 1172K 1156.6K
2016-07-19 12:30 PM Jun 1160.9K
2016-08-16 12:30 PM Jul 1162.6K

US Housing Starts Rise More Than Expected in April


Housing starts in the Unites States rose 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1172 thousand in April 2016, compared to an upwardly revised 1099 thousand in the previous month. The figure came in above market expectations of 1127 thousand, boosted by single-family housing starts.

Figures for March were revised to show housing starts slumped 9.4 percent compared to an initial 8.8 percent fall.

In April, starts of single family houses rose 3.3 percent to 778 thousand and starts of buildings with five units or more jumped 10.7 percent to 373 thousand. Housing starts rose the most in the Midwest (+22.2 percent), followed by the South (+14.1 percent) while dropped in the West (-10 percent) and the Northeast (-7.6 percent).

Meanwhile, building permits went up 3.6 percent to 1116 thousand from 1077 in March, following a 7.3 percent drop in the previous month but lower than an expected 4.3 percent gain. Single-family permits were up 1.5 percent to 736 thousand and authorizations in buildings with five units or more climbed 9.4 percent to 348 thousand. Increases were recorded in all regions: the West (+4.7 percent), the South and the Midwest (+3.3 percent each) and the Northeast (+3 percent). 

Year-on-year, housing starts fell 1.7 percent and building permits dropped 5.3 percent.

U.S. Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
5/17/2016 1:49:50 PM

United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1116.00 1076.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1172.00 1089.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 619.00 519.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales 4.60 1.40 30.00 -24.50 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5450.00 5360.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.30 1.00 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 58.00 58.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Housing Index 0.70 0.40 1.20 -1.72 percent [+]
Mortgage Rate 3.85 3.82 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 2.30 -1.60 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 63.50 63.80 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 182.79 182.59 206.52 100.00 Index Points [+]




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