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HUD and Census Bureau Announce New Construction Activity in April

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today announced the following new residential construction statistics for April 2013:

Building Permits
Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,017,000. This is 14.3 percent (±1.0%) above the revised March rate of 890,000 and is 35.8 percent (±1.3%) above the April 2012 estimate of 749,000. Single-family authorizations in April were at a rate of 617,000; this is 3.0 percent (±0.9%) above the revised March figure of 599,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 374,000 in April.

Housing Starts
Privately owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 853,000. This is 16.5 percent (±5.2%) below the revised March estimate of 1,021,000, but is 13.1 percent (±5.1%) above the April 2012 rate of 754,000. Single-family housing starts in April were at a rate of 610,000; this is 2.1 percent (±4.8%)* below the revised March figure of 623,000. The April rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 234,000.

Housing Completions
Privately owned housing completions in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 689,000. This is 14.3 percent (±11.2%) below the revised March estimate of 804,000, but is 3.3 percent (±11.9%)* above the April 2012 rate of 667,000. Single-family housing completions in April were at a rate of 536,000; this is 9.8 percent (±10.2%)* below the revised March rate of 594,000. The April rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 149,000.

For more information, visit www.hud.gov.

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