January 19, 2012 First-time claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 50,000 last week from the week before, to 352,000. They're now near a four-year low.
December 20, 2011 Home construction is still running at a pace about half of what would happen in a healthy housing market.
October 19, 2011 The gain in housing starts was the best in 17 months, but they're still not back to the level of a year ago.
July 19, 2011 There was a 14.6 percent increase in housing starts in June from May, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report. Construction (at an annualized rate) was begun on 629,000 homes and apartment buildings.
June 16, 2011 The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 16,000 last week. Meanwhile, housing starts rose by 3.5 percent in May from April.
Construction workers in New Bristow Village, Virginia.
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May 17, 2011 There's no sugar-coating it: the Commerce Department says during April, builders got started on fewer homes in the U.S. Housing starts, as they're called, were down 10.6% from March's report, and they're 23.9% lower than what they were a year ago at the same time.
April 19, 2011 Even after a 7.2 percent increase from February, though, starts were still 13.4 percent below the level of March 2010.
June 16, 2010 Housing-Starts Trend Makes A Gnarly Chart
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