From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and Completions
Privately‐owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,631,000. This is 21.7 percent above the revised April estimate of 1,340,000 and is 5.7 percent above the May 2022 rate of 1,543,000. Single‐family housing starts in May were at a rate of 997,000; this is 18.5 percent above the revised April figure of 841,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 624,000.
Privately‐owned housing units authorized by building permits in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,491,000. This is 5.2 percent above the revised April rate of 1,417,000, but is 12.7 percent below the May 2022 rate of 1,708,000. Single‐family authorizations in May were at a rate of 897,000; this is 4.8 percent above the revised April figure of 856,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 542,000
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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 May compared to April. Multi-family starts were up 33.2% year-over-year in May.
Single-family starts (red) increased sharply in May and were down 6.6% year-over-year.
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 May were well above expectations, however, starts in March and April were revised down, combined.
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