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Housing Starts Decreased to 1.446 million Annual Rate in July

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by Calculated Risk on 8/16/2022 08:38:00 AM

From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and Completions

Housing Starts:Privately-owned housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,446,000. This is 9.6 percent below the revised June estimate of 1,599,000 and is 8.1 percent below the July 2021
rate of 1,573,000. Single-family housing starts in July were at a rate of 916,000; this is 10.1 percent below the revised June figure of 1,019,000. The July rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 514,000.

Building Permits:
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of
1,674,000. This is 1.3 percent below the revised June rate of 1,696,000, but is 1.1 percent above the July 2021 rate
of 1,655,000. Single-family authorizations in July were at a rate of 928,000; this is 4.3 percent below the revised
June figure of 970,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 693,000 in July.
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Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows single and multi-family housing starts for the last several years.

Multi-family starts (blue, 2+ units) decreased in July compared to June. Multi-family starts were up 18.0% year-over-year in July.

Single-family starts (red) decreased in July and were down 18.5% year-over-year.

The second graph shows single and multi-family housing starts since 1968.

This shows the huge collapse following the housing bubble, and then the eventual recovery.

Total housing starts in July were below expectations, however, starts in May and June were revised up slightly, combined.

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