United States Housing Starts  1959-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Housing starts in the United States slumped 4.8 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1155 thousand in July of 2017, following a downwardly revised 1213 thousand in the previous month and compared to market expectations of a 0.5 percent rise. Starts declined in the Northeast, Midwest and the West. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1436.35 Thousand from 1959 until 2017, 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 Unexpectedly Fall in July


Housing starts in the United States slumped 4.8 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1155 thousand in July of 2017, following a downwardly revised 1213 thousand in the previous month and compared to market expectations of a 0.5 percent rise. Starts declined in the Northeast, Midwest and the West.

Single-family starts, the largest segment of the market fell 0.5 percent to 856 thousand and the volatile multi-family segment slumped 17.1 percent to 287 thousand. Starts went down in the Northeast (-15.7 percent to 129 thousand); the Midwest (-15.2 percent to 179 thousand) and the West (-1.6 percent to 315 thousand) but rose 0.6 percent to 532 thousand in the South. 

Building permits dropped 4.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1,223 thousand, compared to market expectations of a 2 percent drop. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more declined by 12.1 percent to 377 thousand while single-family permits were unchanged at 811 thousand. Among regions, building permits fell in the Midwest (-17.4 percent to 171 thousand), the West (-7.9 percent to 315 thousand) and the South (-1.4 percent to 613 thousand), but rose in the Northeast (19.2 percent to 124 thousand).

U.S. Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
8/16/2017 12:41:46 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-07-19 12:30 PM Jun 8.3% -2.8% 5.8%
2017-08-16 12:30 PM Jul -4.8% 7.4% 0.5% -2%
2017-08-16 12:30 PM Jul 1155K 1213K 1220K 1174K
2017-09-19 12:30 PM Aug -4.8% 1173.07%
2017-09-19 12:30 PM Aug 1155K 1173.07%
2017-10-18 12:30 PM Sep 1174.57%


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1223.00 1275.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1155.00 1213.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 610.00 605.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales 0.50 -1.60 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5520.00 5620.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending -1.30 0.30 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.40 0.60 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 68.00 64.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.12 4.14 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 0.10 3.00 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 63.70 63.60 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 198.97 197.38 206.52 100.00 Index Points [+]


United States Housing Starts Notes

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 August of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1155.00 1213.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2017 Thousand Monthly
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housing starts by Country

Last
Canada 222.32 Jul/17
France 35100.00 Jun/17
Japan 1.70 Jun/17
Russia 5.40 Jul/17
Spain 0.67 Mar/17
Turkey 10074.00 Mar/17
United Kingdom 45340.00 Mar/17
United States 1155.00 Jul/17