The Census Bureau reported earlier today that seasonally adjusted housing starts and homebuilding permits fell by 14.4 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively, in August. The detail wasn't any better, as the two categories within each statistic — single-family and multiple-dwelling homes — also fell.
You can tell that the news wasn't seen as good at the Associated Press, because Josh Boak's related dispatch had already fallen to number nine in the list of the wire service's top ten business stories by 3:30 p.m. The headline and content at Boak's report tried to convince readers that apartment-building volatility was almost entirely to blame, and that things are all right in single-family homebuilding. As will be seen, nothing could be further from the truth.