Figures for March were revised to show housing starts slumped 9.4 percent compared to an initial 8.8 percent fall.
In April, starts of single family houses rose 3.3 percent to 778 thousand and starts of buildings with five units or more jumped 10.7 percent to 373 thousand. Housing starts rose the most in the Midwest (+22.2 percent), followed by the South (+14.1 percent) while dropped in the West (-10 percent) and the Northeast (-7.6 percent).
Meanwhile, building permits went up 3.6 percent to 1116 thousand from 1077 in March, following a 7.3 percent drop in the previous month but lower than an expected 4.3 percent gain. Single-family permits were up 1.5 percent to 736 thousand and authorizations in buildings with five units or more climbed 9.4 percent to 348 thousand. Increases were recorded in all regions: the West (+4.7 percent), the South and the Midwest (+3.3 percent each) and the Northeast (+3 percent).
Year-on-year, housing starts fell 1.7 percent and building permits dropped 5.3 percent.