Housing starts for the month of May rose 6.8% from April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 914,000, according to data released Tuesday morning by the Commerce Department. The revised April estimate stood at 856,000.
The May total is 28.6% above the May 2012 rate of 711,000.
Single-family housing starts in May were at a rate of 599,000, which is 0.3% above the revised April figure of 597,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 306,000.