Posted By Carolyn on July 20, 2012
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Housing Starts Fall in May, but Permits Surge
•U.S. builders started work on new homes in May at a slightly slower pace, but permits for future construction jumped to the highest level in nearly four years.
•Housing starts fell 4.8% last month to an annual rate of 708,000, but work began on 516,000 one-family houses, up 3.2 percent from April and the most this year. A slump in construction of apartments, which is often volatile, led to the unexpected drop in total housing starts.
•Total starts are up 55% from the bottom start rate, and single family starts are up 41% from the low.
•Building permits, a gauge of future construction, jumped 7.9 percent to a 780,000 annual rate, reflecting gains in single-family and multifamily homes.
•New construction fell in all regions last month except the West, where housing starts increased 14.4%. Starts dropped by 20.3% in the Northeast, by 13.3% in the Midwest and by 6.1% in the South.
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