Housing starts in the US unexpectedly fell by 1.6% mom to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.555 million in September of 2021, compared to market forecasts of 1.62 million. It is the lowest reading in 5 months, as high costs for building materials, supply constraints and labor shortages weighed on the housing market. Single-family housing starts were at a rate of 1.080 million, virtually unchanged from August while the multi-family segment dropped 5.1% to 467,000. Sales declined in the Northeast (-27.3% to 120,000) and the South (-6.3% to 835,000) but rose in the Midwest (6.9% to 217,000) and the West (19.3% to 383,000). source: U.S. Census Bureau

Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1430.79 Thousand units from 1959 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 2494 Thousand units in January of 1972 and a record low of 478 Thousand units in April of 2009. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2021.

Housing Starts in the United States is expected to be 1470.00 Thousand units by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United States Housing Starts is projected to trend around 1370.00 Thousand units in 2022 and 1270.00 Thousand units in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United States Housing Starts


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-09-21 12:30 PM Housing Starts Aug 1.615M 1.554M 1.555M 1.56M
2021-09-21 12:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Aug 3.9% -6.2% 2%
2021-10-19 12:30 PM Housing Starts Sep 1.555M 1.58M 1.62M 1.60M
2021-10-19 12:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Sep -1.6% 1.2% -0.9%
2021-11-17 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Oct
2021-11-17 01:30 PM Housing Starts Oct
2021-12-16 01:30 PM Housing Starts Nov
2021-12-16 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM Nov


News Stream
US Housing Starts Down to 5-Month Low
Housing starts in the US unexpectedly fell by 1.6% mom to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.555 million in September of 2021, compared to market forecasts of 1.62 million. It is the lowest reading in 5 months, as high costs for building materials, supply constraints and labor shortages weighed on the housing market. Single-family housing starts were at a rate of 1.080 million, virtually unchanged from August while the multi-family segment dropped 5.1% to 467,000. Sales declined in the Northeast (-27.3% to 120,000) and the South (-6.3% to 835,000) but rose in the Midwest (6.9% to 217,000) and the West (19.3% to 383,000).
2021-10-19
US Housing Starts Top Forecasts
Housing starts in the US were up 3.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.615 million units in August of 2021, rebounding from a downwardly revised 6.2% fall in July and beating market forecasts of 1.554 million. Starts of buildings with five units or more jumped 21.6% to 530,000 while the single-family segment dropped 2.8% to 1,076,000. Starts surged the most in the Northeast (167.2% to the highest level since January), the Midwest (11.4%) and the South (1.4%) but fell in the West (-21.1%).
2021-09-21
US Housing Starts Fall 7%
Housing starts in the US sank 7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.543 million units in July of 2021, well below market forecasts of 1.6 million. It is the lowest reading in 3 months, hurt by rising construction costs and home prices. Single-family housing starts fell 4.5% to a rate of 1,111,000 and those of buildings with five units or more dropped 13.6% to 412,000. Starts declined the most in the Northeast (-49.3%), the West (-11.3%) and the Midwest (-6.9%) but rose 2.1% in the South.
2021-08-18
US Housing Starts at 3-Month High
US housing starts jumped 6.3% mom to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.643 million in June of 2021, the highest in 3 months and above forecasts of 1.59 million, amid strong demand from buyers, elevated materials costs and shortage of qualified workers. Single family housing starts were up 6.3% to 1.16 million and those for buildings with five units or more 6.8% to 0.474 million. Starts were up in the West (12.6%) and the South (9.7%) but fell in the Midwest (-7.5%) and the Northeast (-9%).
2021-07-20

United States Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Building Permits 1589.00 Thousand Sep/21 1721.00 2419.00 513.00
Housing Starts 1555.00 Thousand units Sep/21 1580.00 2494.00 478.00
New Home Sales 740.00 Thousand units Aug/21 729.00 1389.00 270.00
Construction Spending 0.00 percent Aug/21 0.30 5.90 -4.80
Home Ownership Rate 65.40 percent Jun/21 65.60 69.20 62.90


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.