Building permits down, housing starts up

Marcia Gruver Doyle Pix

New federal residential construction stats

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show building permits were 3.7 percent below the revised May rate, but 19.3 percent above the June 2011 estimate. 

Housing starts increased by 6.9 percent above may, and were a whopping 23.6 percent above the June 2011 rate.