The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that Privately-owned housing starts in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,174,000. This is 9.8 percent above the revised May estimate of 1,069,000 and is 26.6 percent above the June 2014 rate of 927,000.
Single-family housing starts in June were at a rate of 685,000; this is 0.9 percent below the revised May figure of 691,000. The June rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 476,000.
"The multifamily gains this month are encouraging and show that the millennial generation continues to be drawn to the rental market," said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo.
"While builders are reporting overall confidence in the housing market, they continue to note difficulties accessing land and labor," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "These headwinds appear to be affecting production gains in the single-family sector."
Regionally in June, combined single- and multifamily starts rose by 35.5 percent in the Northeast and 13.5 percent in the South. The Midwest and West posted respective losses of 0.7 percent and 6.0 percent.
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,343,000. This is 7.4 percent above the revised May rate of 1,250,000 and is 30.0 percent (±2.3%) above the June 2014 estimate of 1,033,000.
Single-family authorizations in June were at a rate of 687,000; this is 0.9 percent above the revised May figure of 681,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 621,000 in June.
All four regions posted permit gains in June. The Northeast, Midwest, South and West posted respective permit gains of 2.8 percent, 2.9 percent, 10.4 percent and 9.5 percent.
Privately-owned housing completions in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 972,000. This is 6.7 percent (±11.8%)* below the revised May estimate of 1,042,000, but is 22.0 percent (±14.8%) above the June 2014 rate of 797,000.
Single-family housing completions in June were at a rate of 647,000; this is 0.3 percent (±9.3%)* below the revised May rate of 649,000. The June rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 317,000.