United States Housing Starts  1959-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Housing starts in the US jumped 5 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,350 thousand in May of 2018, following a downwardly revised 3.1 percent fall in April. It is the highest rate since July of 2007, mainly due to a rebound in the multi-family segment. It compares with market expectations of 1,310 thousand rate. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1434.03 Thousand from 1959 until 2018, 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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US Housing Starts at Near 11-Year High


Housing starts in the US jumped 5 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,350 thousand in May of 2018, following a downwardly revised 3.1 percent fall in April. It is the highest rate since July of 2007, mainly due to a rebound in the multi-family segment. It compares with market expectations of 1,310 thousand rate.

The volatile multi-family segment jumped 11.3 percent to 404 thousand and single-family starts, the largest segment of the market, went up 3.9 percent to 936 thousand. Overall, housing starts surged in the Midwest (62.2 percent to 266 thousand) but fell in the South (-0.9 percent to 653 thousand), the West (-4.1 percent to 329 thousand) and the Northeast (-15 percent to 102 thousand).

Building permits fell 4.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,301 thousand, while markets were expecting a smaller 1.4 percent drop to 1,350 thousand. Multi-family authorizations declined 8.8 percent to 457 thousand and single-family permits went down 2.2 percent to 844 thousand. Overall, building permits fell in the South (-13.9 percent to 626 thousand) and in the West (-4.6 percent to 331 thousand) but jumped in the Midwest (7.2 percent to 209 thousand) and the Northeast (42.1 percent to 135 thousand). 


Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/19/2018 1:01:30 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-04-17 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.319M 1.295M 1.26M 1.27M
2018-05-16 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.287M 1.336M 1.31M 1.324M
2018-06-19 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.35M 1.286M 1.31M 1.31M
2018-07-18 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.35M 1.32M 1.29M
2018-08-16 12:30 PM Housing Starts
2018-09-19 12:30 PM Housing Starts


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1301.00 1364.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1350.00 1286.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 689.00 646.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -2.20 -2.10 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5430.00 5450.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.40 0.90 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.10 0.20 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 68.00 70.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.76 4.79 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 2.50 -0.50 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 210.17 208.50 210.17 100.00 Index Points [+]
Home Ownership Rate 64.20 64.20 69.20 62.90 percent [+]


United States Housing Starts

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 July of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1350.00 1286.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2018 Thousand Monthly
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housing starts by Country
Country Last
Canada 248.10 Jun/18
France 31300.00 May/18
Japan 1.30 May/18
Russia 3.50 May/18
Spain 0.89 Mar/18
Turkey 6822.00 Mar/18
United Kingdom 39890.00 Mar/18
United States 1350.00 May/18


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