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Housing Starts United States

Housing starts is a quantitative measure of houses currently being constructed in the United States. This measurement can indicate the health of the US housing and construction market. For instance if the housing starts figure increase this indicates a positive outlook on the market and possibly an increase in consumer activity. In contrast, a lower housing start number indicates a depleting housing market and an economic downturn. The figures included in the report are segmented into three areas: single-family homes, residences with 2 to 4 occupants, and residences with 5 or more occupants. The headline number is the number of houses currently being build in the thousands.