Housing Starts Decreased to 1.549 million Annual Rate in May

by Calculated Risk on 6/16/2022 08:42:00 AM

From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and Completions

Housing Starts:
Privately‐owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,549,000. This is 14.4 percent below the revised April estimate of 1,810,000 and is 3.5 percent below the May 2021 rate of 1,605,000. Single‐family housing starts in May were at a rate of 1,051,000; this is 9.2 percent below the revised April figure of 1,157,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 469,000

Building Permits:
Privately‐owned housing units authorized by building permits in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of
1,695,000. This is 7.0 percent below the revised April rate of 1,823,000, but is 0.2 percent above the May 2021 rate
of 1,691,000. Single‐family authorizations in May were at a rate of 1,048,000; this is 5.5 percent below the revised
April figure of 1,109,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 592,000 in
May.
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The first graph shows single and multi-family housing starts for the last several years.

Multi-family starts (blue, 2+ units) decreased in May compared to April.   Multi-family starts were unchanged year-over-year in May. 

Single-family starts (red) decreased in May and were down 5.3% year-over-year.

Total Housing Starts and Single Family Housing StartsThe second graph shows single and multi-family housing starts since 1968.

This shows the huge collapse following the housing bubble, and then the eventual recovery (but still not historically high).

Total housing starts in May were well below expectations, however, starts in March and April, were revised up, combined.

I’ll have more later …