United States Housing Starts  1959-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Housing starts in the US rose 0.9 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,168 thousand in July 2018, recovering from an upwardly revised 12.9 percent drop in June, but missing market expectations of a 7.4 percent increase to 1,260 thousand. Starts rose in the Midwest and South, but dropped in the Northeast and West. Housing Starts in the United States averaged 1433.22 Thousand units from 1959 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 2494 Thousand units in January of 1972 and a record low of 478 Thousand units in April of 2009.

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US Housing Starts Rise Less than Expected


Housing starts in the US rose 0.9 percent from a month earlier to an annualized rate of 1,168 thousand in July 2018, recovering from an upwardly revised 12.9 percent drop in June, but missing market expectations of a 7.4 percent increase to 1,260 thousand.

Single-family homebuilding, which accounts for the largest share of the housing market, increased 0.9 percent to a rate of 862 thousand units in July; and starts for the volatile multi-family housing segment went up 0.7 percent to a rate of 306 thousand. Starts rose in the Midwest (11.6 percent to 173 thousand) and South (10.4 percent to 636 thousand), but dropped in the Northeast (-4 percent to 97 thousand) and West (-19.6 percent to 262 thousand). 

Building permits increased 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,311 thousand, compared with market expectations of a 1.4 percent rise to 1,310 thousand. Permits to build single-family homes surged 1.9 percent to a rate of 869 thousand, and multi-family authorizations climbed 0.7 percent to 442 thousand. Overall, building permits rose in the Northeast (5.9 percent to 126 thousand), Midwest (5.8 percent to 183 thousand) and West (1.2 percent to 334 thousand), but dropped in the South (-0.3 percent to 668 thousand).


US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/16/2018 1:02:02 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-06-19 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.35M 1.286M 1.31M 1.31M
2018-07-18 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.173M 1.337M 1.32M 1.29M
2018-08-16 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.168M 1.158M 1.26M 1.2M
2018-09-19 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.168M 1.235M 1.171M
2018-10-17 12:30 PM Housing Starts 1.27M
2018-11-20 01:30 PM Housing Starts


United States Housing Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Building Permits 1311.00 1292.00 2419.00 513.00 Thousand [+]
Housing Starts 1168.00 1158.00 2494.00 478.00 Thousand units [+]
New Home Sales 627.00 638.00 1389.00 270.00 Thousand [+]
Pending Home Sales -2.30 -2.40 30.90 -24.30 percent [+]
Existing Home Sales 5340.00 5380.00 7250.00 1370.00 Thousand [+]
Construction Spending 0.10 -0.80 5.90 -4.80 percent [+]
Housing Index 0.20 0.40 1.20 -1.80 percent [+]
Nahb Housing Market Index 67.00 67.00 78.00 8.00 [+]
Mortgage Rate 4.84 4.80 10.56 3.47 percent [+]
Mortgage Applications -1.80 -0.10 49.10 -38.80 percent [+]
Case Shiller Home Price Index 213.07 212.00 213.07 100.00 Index Points [+]
Home Ownership Rate 64.30 64.20 69.20 62.90 percent [+]


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 September of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1168.00 1158.00 2494.00 478.00 1959 - 2018 Thousand units Monthly
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housing starts by Country
Country Last
Canada 200.99 Aug/18
France 32000.00 Jul/18
Japan -0.70 Jul/18
Russia 5.00 Jul/18
Spain 0.89 Mar/18
Turkey 8723.00 Jun/18
United Kingdom 39890.00 Mar/18
United States 1168.00 Jul/18


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