USA: Housing Starts Plummet

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USA: Housing Starts Plummet
By: Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
17 December 2008
 

The sharp fall in construction means that builders can no longer get credit.

The Census Bureau reported a sharp drop in housing starts in November from a downwardly revised October rate. The 625,000 annual rate of construction reported for November is 24.8 percent below the September rate. It is 47.0 percent below the November 2007 rate and it is 70.9 percent below the rate in November of 2005 at the peak of the building boom. In fact, the start reported for November is lower than any rate reported for the last fifty years.

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