Privately-owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 549,000, 7.2 percent above the revised February estimate of 512,000, but 13.4 percent below the March 2010 rate of 634,000, according to the Department of Commerce. Single-family housing starts in March were at a rate of 422,000, 7.7 percent above the revised February figure of 392,000. The March rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 117,000.
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