Construction Numbers Better Than Percentages Indicate

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Residential construction figures had been expected to, at a minimum, hold the fort in May after a mixed report in April. While revisions to the April report somewhat skewed the numbers changes to both permits and starts were only fractional. The Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development said permits for privately owned housing units were issued at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,294,000 units, an increase of 0.3 percent from April’s revised (from 1,296,000) rate of 1,290,000. The May estimate is 0.5 percent below the permitting rate in May of last year, estimated at a rate of 1,301,000 units. Analysts were about on target with their projections. Those polled by Econoday had forecast permits at a rate of 1,290,000 units within a range of 1,270,000 to 1,309,000…(read more)

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