Broad Declines for Home Construction in April

Reflecting the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, total housing starts decreased 30.2% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 891,000 units, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department. This is the lowest starts rate since the first quarter of 2015. Meanwhile, the pace of total permits declined 20.8% to 1.07 million on an annualized basis.