From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and Completions
Privately‐owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,401,000. This is 2.2 percent above the revised March estimate of 1,371,000, but is 22.3 percent below the April 2022 rate of 1,803,000. Single‐family housing starts in April were at a rate of 846,000; this is 1.6 percent above the revised March figure of 833,000. The April rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 542,000.
Privately‐owned housing units authorized by building permits in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,416,000.
This is 1.5 percent below the revised March rate of 1,437,000 and is 21.1 percent below the April 2022 rate of 1,795,000.
Single‐family authorizations in April were at a rate of 855,000; this is 3.1 percent above the revised March figure of 829,000.
Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 502,000 in April.
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The first graph shows single and multi-family housing starts for the last several years.
Multi-family starts (blue, 2+ units) increased in April compared to March. Multi-family starts were down 12.2% year-over-year in April.
Single-family starts (red) increased in April and were down 27.9% year-over-year.
The second graph shows single and multi-family housing starts since 1968.
This shows the huge collapse following the housing bubble, and then the eventual recovery – and the recent collapse in single-family starts.
Total housing starts in April were slightly above expectations, however, starts in February and March were revised down, combined.
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