The figures up to November were released by the US Census Department and US Department of Housing and Urban Development in their residential construction statistics.

Privately-owned housing permits issued were a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.48 million in November, 11.1% above the same figure a year ago.

Privately-owned house completions had reached 1.18 million by the end of November, 7.3% above last year.

Privately-owned housing starts were at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.36 million in November, a 13.6% increase on a year ago. Single-family housing starts reached 938,000 in November, 2.4% above the revised October figure.