Housing Starts at 1.253 Million Annual Rate in June
From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and Completions
Privately‐owned housing starts in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,253,000. This is 0.9 percent below the revised May estimate of 1,265,000, but is 6.2 percent above the June 2018 rate of 1,180,000. Single‐family housing starts in June were at a rate of 847,000; this is 3.5 percent above the revised May figure of 818,000. The June rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 396,000.
Privately‐owned housing units authorized by building permits in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,220,000. This is 6.1 percent below the revised May rate of 1,299,000 and is 6.6 percent below the June 2018 rate of 1,306,000. Single‐family authorizations in June were at a rate of 813,000; this is 0.4 percent above the revised May figure of 810,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 360,000 in June.
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The first graph shows single and multi-family housing starts for the last several years.
Multi-family starts (red, 2+ units) were down in June compared to May. Multi-family starts were up 24% year-over-year in June.
Multi-family is volatile month-to-month, and has been mostly moving sideways the last few years.
Single-family starts (blue) increased in June, and were down 0.8% year-over-year.
The second graph shows total and single unit starts since 1968.
The second graph shows the huge collapse following the housing bubble, and then eventual recovery (but still historically low).
Total housing starts in June were slightly below expectations, and starts for April and May were revised down.
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