U.S. Home Construction Takes a Surprising Fall in April

March had the best showing since the peak of the housing boom in 2006.

A carpenter aligns a beam for a wall frame at a new house site in Madison County, Mississippi.
A carpenter aligns a beam for a wall frame at a new house site in Madison County, Mississippi.
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction fell surprisingly sharply in April though that follows its biggest jump in 15 years.

Construction dropped 9.5 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million units, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That was down from a rate of 1.73 million units in March, which had been the best showing since the peak of the housing boom in 2006.

The report showed that applications for building permits, considered a good sign of future activity, rose 0.3 percent in April to an annual rate of 1.76 million units, a good sign that the April dip in construction will be temporary.


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