U.S. housing starts rise, though permits fall

IN THE SOUTH and West, construction surged last month, boosting national figures. Above, builders frame the roof of a house in Bentonville, Ark. /
IN THE SOUTH and West, construction surged last month, boosting national figures. Above, builders frame the roof of a house in Bentonville, Ark. /
WASHINGTON – Building permits for private housing last month were issued at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.532 million housing units per year, slowing 2.5 percent from the January rate of 1.571 million units and 28.6 percent from the February 2006 estimate, according to a report today by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Census Bureau and…
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