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

Housing starts in the Unites States rose 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1211 thousand in July 2016 compared to a downwardly revised 1186 thousand in the previous month. The figure came in above market expectations of 1180 thousand to hit the highest level since February, as building activity increased across the board. Housing starts rose the most in the Northeast. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1440.54 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
1211.00 1186.00 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 September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-07-19 12:30 PM Jun 1189K 1135K 1170K 1160K
2016-08-16 12:30 PM Jul 1211K 1186K 1180K 1168K
2016-08-16 12:30 PM Jul 2.1% 5.1% -0.8% -2%
2016-09-20 12:30 PM Aug 2.1%
2016-09-20 12:30 PM Aug 1211K 1175K
2016-10-19 12:30 PM Sep

US Housing Starts Rise to 5-Month High in July


Housing starts in the Unites States rose 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1211 thousand in July 2016 compared to a downwardly revised 1186 thousand in the previous month. The figure came in above market expectations of 1180 thousand to hit the highest level since February, as building activity increased across the board. Housing starts rose the most in the Northeast.

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.

U.S. Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/16/2016 1:55:18 PM

United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1144.00 1153.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1211.00 1186.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 654.00 582.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales 1.40 1.00 30.00 -24.50 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5390.00 5570.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending -0.60 -0.10 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 60.00 58.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Housing Index 0.20 0.20 1.20 -1.70 percent [+]
Mortgage Rate 3.67 3.67 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 2.80 -2.10 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 62.90 63.50 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 189.87 188.32 206.52 100.00 Index Points [+]




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