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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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July 17, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced today the new residential construction statistics for June 2020. Due to COVID-19, many businesses are operating on a limited capacity or have ceased operations completely.


US residential building permits increased 2.1 per cent in June 2020 compared to the revised May 2020 estimate, to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1,241,000. This is 2.5 per cent below the June 2019 estimate of 1,273,000.

Year-over-year (June 2019 vs June 2020), there were declines in all unit structures with permits for structures with 2 to 4 units posting the largest decline (-15.2%). Permits for single unit structures declined 1.1 per cent while permits for structures with 5 units or more was down 4.2 per cent over June 2019.


In June 2020, US housing starts increased 17.3 per cent compared to the revised May 2020 estimate, to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1,186,000. This is still 4.0 per cent below the June 2019 estimate of 1,235,000.

Year-over-year (June 2019 vs June 2020), starts for single unit structures declined 3.9 per cent while starts for structures with 5 or more units were down 2.5 per cent.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, comparisons of year-to-date averages and sums do not show Nova Scotia’s rapidly-changing economic situation. The DailyStats will focus on year-over-year comparisons, comparing one month with the same month in the prior year. Where possible the DailyStats will make comparisons of seasonally adjusted data from the pre-COVID-19 period (January and February 2020) with the period during which COVID-19 measures were in place from March 2020 onwards.


Source: US Census Bureau New Residential Construction

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