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Total Housing Starts, 1959-2009
Posted By Barry Ritholtz On April 21, 2009 @ 11:30 am In Data Analysis,Economy,Real Estate | Comments Disabled
Here is half a century of Housing Starts, both Seasonally adjusted and NSA. (lower chart is the annual rate of change)
Note that we are now in uncharted territory — new home starts have never fallen to these levels for as long as the Commerce Department has been tracking this data (since 1959).
Note also the magnitude of the drop — it is unprecedented, having easily surpassed the 1982 collapse, the present circumstances have now become slightly worse than the 1973-75 fall.
Astonishing . . .
Source: Ron Griess of The Chart Store 
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