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U S C E N S U S B R A
U E U
Issued October 2000
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economics and Statistics Administration
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
Questions regarding these data may be directed to Residential Construction Branch, Manufacturing and Construction Division,
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Note: Total includes units started in structures with two to four units.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Starts.
Seasonally adjusted annual rate
4-month moving average
New Privately–Owned Housing Units Started
Seasonally adjusted annual rate in thousands
In structures with
In structures with
five units or more
HOUSING STARTS AND BUILDING PERMITS
Privately-owned housing starts in August 2000 were
at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,531,000; this
is virtually unchanged (±6)percent from the revised July
rate of 1,526,000 but 8 (±7)percent below the August
1999 figure of 1,657,000.
Single-family housing starts in August 2000 were at
a rate of 1,261,000; this is 5 (±6)percent above the July
figure of 1,205,000. The August rate for units in build-
ings with five units or more was 230,000. The August
rate for units in buildings with two to four units was
During the first 8 months of this year, 1,100,800
housing units were started compared with 1,134,200
units started in the same period in 1999. This is a
decrease of 3 (±2)percent.
New privately-owned housing construction was
authorized in August in the 19,000 permit-issuing
places at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of
1,468,000 units; this is 3 (±1)percent below the revised
July rate of 1,511,000, and is 11 (±1)percent below the
August 1999 figure of 1,658,000.
Single-family authorizations in August 2000 were at
a rate of 1,140,000; this is 2 (±1)percent above the July