Economy Housing Starts Surged In March; Pace Is Fastest In 5 Years Facebook Twitter Google+ Email April 16, 20138:51 AM ET Mark Memmott Twitter Enlarge this image A home under construction in Provo, Utah, earlier this year. George Frey /Landov hide caption toggle caption George Frey /Landov A home under construction in Provo, Utah, earlier this year. George Frey /Landov There was a 7 percent surge in housing starts last month, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report. As The Associated Press notes, the pace of construction — 1.04 million starts, at an annual rate — is the fastest in nearly five years and is another sign that the housing sector continues to recover from its 2007-08 crash. Also Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said consumer prices fell 0.2 percent in March. The driving factor was a 4.4 percent plunge in gas prices. Housing Economy Housing starts Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Book News: Pulitzer Fiction-Prize Watchers Can Rest Easy This YearApril 16, 2013 Social Media Helped Find Loved Ones After Marathon BombingApril 16, 2013 We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.