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

Housing starts in the US slumped 3.7 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,287 thousand in April of 2018, following an upwardly revised 3.6 percent rise in March. It is the lowest rate in four months, mainly due to a sharp fall in the multi-family segment. It compares with market expectations of 1,310 thousand rate. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1434.12 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 4-Month Low


Housing starts in the US slumped 3.7 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,287 thousand in April of 2018, following an upwardly revised 3.6 percent rise in March. It is the lowest rate in four months, mainly due to a sharp fall in the multi-family segment. It compares with market expectations of 1,310 thousand rate.

The volatile multi-family segment dropped 12.6 percent to 374 thousand while single-family starts, the largest segment of the market, edged up 0.1 percent to 894 thousand. Overall, housing starts declined in the West (-12 percent to 346 thousand), the Midwest (-16.3 percent to 164 thousand) and the Northeast (-8.1 percent to 114 thousand) but rose in the South (6.4 percent to 663 thousand).

Building permits fell 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,352 thousand, while markets were expecting a bigger 2.3 percent drop to 1,347 thousand. Multi-family authorizations declined 6.3 percent to 493 thousand while single-family permits rose 0.9 percent to 859 thousand. Overall, building permits declined in the West (-13.2 percent to 336 thousand), the Midwest (-4.4 percent to 194 thousand) and the Northeast (-31.9 percent to 92 thousand) but rose in the South (12 percent to 730 thousand).


Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/16/2018 12:52:28 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-03-16 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.236M 1.329M 1.29M 1.29M
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 1.287M 1.31M
2018-07-18 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.29M
2018-08-16 12:30 PM Housing Starts


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1364.00 1377.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1287.00 1336.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 662.00 672.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -3.00 -4.40 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5600.00 5540.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending -1.70 1.00 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.60 0.90 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 70.00 68.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.86 4.77 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -2.60 -2.70 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 206.67 205.16 206.67 100.00 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 May of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1287.00 1336.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2018 Thousand Monthly
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housing starts by Country
Country Last
Canada 214.38 Apr/18
France 34100.00 Mar/18
Japan -8.30 Mar/18
Russia 5.50 Mar/18
Spain 0.27 Dec/17
Turkey 8503.00 Dec/17
United Kingdom 35590.00 Dec/17
United States 1287.00 Apr/18


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