Housing Starts:
Privately-owned housing starts in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,149,000. This is 2.5 percent below the revised November estimate of 1,179,000, but is 6.4 percent above the December 2014 rate of 1,080,000.

Single-family housing starts in December were at a rate of 768,000; this is 3.3 percent below the revised November figure of 794,000. The December rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 365,000.

An estimated 1,111,200 housing units were started in 2015. This is 10.8 percent above the 2014 figure of 1,003,300.

Building Permits:
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,232,000. This is 3.9 percent below the revised November rate of 1,282,000, but is 14.4 percent above the December 2014 estimate of 1,077,000.

Single-family authorizations in December were at a rate of 740,000; this is 1.8 percent above the revised November figure of 727,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 455,000 in December.