Housing Starts:
Privately-owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,164,000. This is 0.3 percent below the revised April estimate of 1,167,000, but is 9.5 percent above the May 2015 rate of 1,063,000.

Single-family housing starts in May were at a rate of 764,000; this is 0.3 percent above the revised April figure of 762,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 396,000

Building Permits:
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,138,000. This is 0.7 percent above the revised April rate of 1,130,000, but is 10.1 percent below the May 2015 estimate of 1,266,000.

Single-family authorizations in May were at a rate of 726,000; this is 2.0 percent below the revised April figure of 741,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 381,000 in May.