Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Housing Starts Still in the Toilet

I've said it before, I'll say it again, untill this changes the economy will flounder.
Housing starts and permits for future home construction fell in April as an overhang of homes on the market discouraged builders from taking on new projects, pointing to prolonged weakness in the housing sector.

The Commerce Department said on Tuesday housing starts dropped 10.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 523,000 units. March's starts were revised up to a 585,000-unit pace from the previously reported rate of 549,000 units.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast housing starts rising to a 568,000-unit rate. Compared to April last year, residential construction was down 23.9 percent, the largest decline since October 2009.

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