US builders start more single-family homes

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Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 9:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started work on more single-family homes in May and requested the most permits to build homes in three and a half years. The increase suggests the housing market is recovering even as other areas of the economy weaken.

The Commerce Department says single-family construction increased 3.2 percent in May, the third straight monthly increase. Overall housing construction fell 4.8 percent because of a 21.3 percent plunge in apartment construction, which can be volatile.

Housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 708,000 units in May, down from an upwardly revised rate of 744,000 in April — the fastest building pace since October 2008.

But permits to build homes rose to a rate of 780,000 — the best since September 2008.

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