Figures for June were revised to show housing starts rose sharply by 5.1 percent compared to an initial gain of 4.8 percent.
In July, starts of single family houses rose 0.5 percent to 770 thousand and starts of buildings with five units or more jumped 8.3 percent to 433 thousand. Housing starts rose the most in the Northeast (+15.5 percent), followed by the South (+3.5 percent) and the Midwest (+2.3 percent); but dropped in the West (-5.9 percent).
Meanwhile, building permits edged down 0.1 percent to 1152 thousand from 1153 in June, following a 1.5 percent rise in the previous month but lower than an expected 0.6 percent gain. Single-family permits were down 3.7 percent to 711 thousand while authorizations in buildings with five units or more climbed 6.5 percent to 411 thousand. Decreases were recorded in the Northeast (-10.2 percent) and the West (-8 percent); while increases were recorded in the Midwest (+10.5 percent) and the South (+2.6 percent).
Year-on-year, housing starts rose 5.6 percent and building permits went up 0.9 percent.