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

Housing starts in the United States went down 2.6 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1172 thousand in April of 2017, following a downwardly revised 1203 thousand in the previous month and worse than market expectations of a 3.7 percent rise. It is the weakest construction activity in five months as starts plunged in the South and the Northeast. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1437.55 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)
2017-04-18 12:30 PM Mar 1215K 1303K 1250K 1270K
2017-05-16 12:30 PM Apr 1172K 1203K 1260K 1253K
2017-05-16 12:30 PM Apr -2.6% -6.6% 3.7% 4%
2017-06-16 12:30 PM May 1172K 1201.6K
2017-06-16 12:30 PM May -2.6% 1201.6K
2017-07-19 12:30 PM Jun 1197.3K




US Housing Starts Fall For 2nd Month


Housing starts in the United States went down 2.6 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1172 thousand in April of 2017, following a downwardly revised 1203 thousand in the previous month and worse than market expectations of a 3.7 percent rise. It is the weakest construction activity in five months as starts fell in the South and the Northeast.

The volatile multi-family segment declined 9.6 percent to 328 thousand while single-family, the largest segment of the market edged up 0.4 percent to 835 thousand. Starts slumped in the Northeast (-37.3 percent to 79 thousand) and the South (-9.1 percent to 592 thousand) but rose in the Midwest (41.1 percent to 206 thousand) and the West (5.4 percent to 295 thousand). 

Also, building permits dropped 2.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1229 thousand from a revised 1260 thousand and compared to market expectations of 1270 thousand. Single-family authorizations dropped 4.5 percent to 789 thousand while multi-family permits rose 1.4 percent to 440 thousand. Among regions, building permits declined in the Northeast (-10.3 percent) and in the South (-7.4 percent) but rose in the West (8.7 percent) and in the Midwest (1 percent).

U.S. Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/16/2017 1:26:35 PM



United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1228.00 1260.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1172.00 1203.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 569.00 642.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales 0.80 2.60 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5570.00 5700.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending -0.20 1.80 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.60 0.80 1.20 -1.70 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 70.00 68.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.17 4.23 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 4.40 -4.10 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 63.60 63.70 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 193.49 192.68 206.52 100.00 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 May of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1172.00 1203.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2017 Thousand Monthly
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housing starts by Country

Last
Canada 214.10 Apr/17
France 34800.00 Mar/17
Japan 0.20 Mar/17
Russia 4.90 Mar/17
Spain 0.77 Dec/16
Turkey 13079.00 Dec/16
United Kingdom 35580.00 Dec/16
United States 1172.00 Apr/17