Update: New Home Starts

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | 10:50 AM

New Home Starts came out this morning, and they were nothing to get excited about. Here's the data:

Privately-owned housing starts in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,525,000. This is 9.0 percent (±10.2%)* above the revised January estimate of 1,399,000, but is 28.5 percent (±6.2%) below the February 2006 rate of 2,132,000.

Single-family housing starts in February were at a rate of 1,220,000; this is 10.3 percent (±8.8%) above the January figure of 1,106,000. The February rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 266,000.

Note that Privately-owned housing starts, with a headline number of plus 9%, is less than the margin of error of ±10.2%, and according to Census Bureau, "is not statistically significant; that is, it is uncertain whether there was an increase or decrease."

Note, however, that on a year-over-year basis, Starts are down 28.5%, (margin of error of ±6.2%).

This is the Census Bureau chart; curved lines are my approximate moving average . . .

Courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau


New Housing Units Starts
February 2007

MARCH 20, 2007 AT 8:30 A.M. EDT
Manufacturing and Construction Division

Economic Indicators 

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Tracked on Mar 20, 2007 8:02:53 PM


Where do we stand on inventories (vs. consensus expectations)?

Thanks Barry

Posted by: Fred | Mar 20, 2007 11:06:29 AM

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