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New-home construction pulls back slightly, as builders shift attention away from the multifamily sector

ECONOMIC REPORT



a tall building in a city: The pace of construction for new multifamily housing units slowed significantly between July and August.


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The pace of construction for new multifamily housing units slowed significantly between July and August.

The numbers: U.S. home builders started construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million in August, representing a 5% decrease from the previous month but a 3% uptick from a year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

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Permitting activity occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.47 million, down 1% from July but roughly even with the pace from August 2019.

Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected housing starts to occur at a pace of 1.52 million and building permits to come in at a pace of 1.55 million.

What happened: The dip in housing starts and building permits was driven by declines in multifamily construction activity. Multifamily starts fell 25% between July and August, while the number of new permits issued for multifamily

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