Housing starts rose 14.6 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 629,000, the department's Census Bureau said in a release.
Starts of new single-family homes rose by 9.4 percent to 453,000 in June over May, the bureau said.
Permits for apartments and condos increased 8.2 percent to 198,000 units, data showed.
Building permits rose 2.5 percent over May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 624,000, data indicated.
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