Single-family housing starts in December were at a rate of 667,000; this is 7.0 percent below the revised November figure of 717,000. The December rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 312,000. An estimated 923,400 housing units were started in 2013. This is 18.3 percent above the 2012 figure of 780,600.
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 986,000. This is 3.0 percent below the revised November rate of 1,017,000, but is 4.6 percent above the December 2012 estimate of 943,000.