Housing Starts Remain Strong in June Builders broke ground on new housing units at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.8 million units in June, up 3.7 percent from the previous month, the Commerce Department reported. Nationwide, single-family housing starts rose 5.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.46 million units. Multifamily housing decreased by 2.6 percent over a month ago. "Housing continues to do the heavy lifting in an otherwise sluggish economy," said
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