WASHINGTON—U.S. home construction rose 3.6 per cent in May as builders battled a surge in lumber prices that have made homes more expensive
The May increase left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million units, the Commerce Department reported recently.
Applications for building permits, looked to for indications of activity ahead, fell 3% in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.68 million units.
Housing has been one of the standout performers during the pandemic-triggered recession.