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.