The increase over the month was entirely due to the volatile multifamily starts component, which rose 32.6% after dropping 33.3% in June. Single family starts continued to fall, declining 4.2%. Single family starts are now at their slowest pace since May 2009. From a year prior, total starts were down 7.0%, while single family starts were down 14.6%.
New building permits, which tend to lead future starts, fell 3.1%, Single family permits declined by 1.2%.
Source: Census Bureau