Led by a sharp decline in multi-family production, overall housing starts fell -11.3% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.28 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Single-family starts are +2.4% higher than a year ago. The multi-family sector, which includes apartment buildings and condos, decreased -26.3% to an annualized 342,000 pace, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
Privately‐owned housing units authorized by building permits in August were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,543,000, +6.9% above the revised July rate of 1,443,000, but -2.7% below the Aug. 2022 rate of 1.6 million. According to the latest housing data from the U.S. Census Bureau, August 2022 rate of 1,586,000. Single‐family authorizations in August were at a rate of 949,000, +2% above the revised July figure of 930,000.
Note: August housing data at the metro and state level will be available once the U.S. Census Bureau releases it.