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

Housing starts in the United States jumped 13.7 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,290 thousand in October of 2017, the highest in a year and beating market expectations of a 5.6 percent rise to 1,180 thousand. It follows an upwardly revised 1,135 thousand in September, which was the lowest reading since September of 2016, mainly due to disruptions caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the South. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1435.39 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 at 1-Year High


Housing starts in the United States jumped 13.7 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,290 thousand in October of 2017, the highest in a year and beating market expectations of a 5.6 percent rise to 1,180 thousand. It follows an upwardly revised 1,135 thousand in September, which was the lowest reading since September of 2016, mainly due to disruptions caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the South.

Single-family starts, the largest segment of the market, increased 5.3 percent to 877 thousand, led by a 16.6 percent recovery in the South after damages causaded by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Also, the volatile multi-family segment went up 37.4 percent to 393 thousand. Overall, housing starts rose in the South (17.2 percent to 621 thousand), the Midwest (18.4 percent to 212 thousand) and the Northeast (42.2 percent to 145 thousand), but fell in the West (-3.7 percent to 312 thousand).

Building permits increased 5.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1,297 thousand, higher than 1,225 thousand in September and market expectations of 1,240 thousand. It is the biggest value so far this year. Permits for construction of single-family homes increased 1.9 percent to 839 thousand while for multi-family homes permits rose 13.4 percent to 416 thousand. Permits increased in all main areas: the South (3 percent to 613 thousand), the West (13 percent to 366 thousand), the Midwest (3.8 percent to 192 thousand) and the Northeast (4.1 percent to 126 thousand).

Year-on-year, starts shrank 2.9 percent while permits gained 0.9 percent.

U.S. Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
11/17/2017 1:53:07 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-10-18 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1127K 1183K 1174K 1170K
2017-11-17 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM 13.7% -3.2% 5.6% 4%
2017-11-17 01:30 PM Housing Starts 1290K 1135K 1180K 1185K
2017-12-19 01:30 PM Housing Starts MoM 13.7%
2017-12-19 01:30 PM Housing Starts 1290K


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1297.00 1225.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1290.00 1135.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand [+]
New Home Sales 667.00 561.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -3.50 -2.80 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5390.00 5350.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.30 0.10 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.70 0.40 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 70.00 68.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.18 4.18 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications 3.10 0.00 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Home Ownership Rate 63.90 63.70 69.20 62.90 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 202.87 202.02 206.52 100.00 Index Points [+]


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 November of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1290.00 1135.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2017 Thousand Monthly
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housing starts by Country
Country Last
Canada 222.77 Oct/17
France 35300.00 Sep/17
Japan -2.90 Sep/17
Russia 6.70 Sep/17
Spain 0.49 Jun/17
Turkey 18636.00 Jun/17
United Kingdom 42480.00 Jun/17
United States 1290.00 Oct/17