WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. property building jumped 5.8% in December to 1.67 million models, a 14-calendar year higher that topped the strongest once-a-year showing from the country’s builders in 15 a long time.

The much better-than-predicted December achieve adopted an increase of 9.8% in November when housing starts off climbed to a seasonally modified once-a-year price of 1.58 million models, the Commerce Department documented Thursday. The December tempo was the strongest because the constructing amount attained 1.72 million models in September 2006.

For the 12 months, development commenced on 1.45 million units, up 4.8% from 2019 and the finest rate considering the fact that development starts totaled 1.8 million models in 2006. That period incorporated a large U.S. housing increase that sooner or later burst, kicking off the catastrophic 2007-2009 economic downturn.

Housing has been 1 of the star performers this calendar year even as the in general economic system has been wracked by the unfold of the coronavirus. Document-low property finance loan costs and the migration of Individuals to greater residences superior suited for dwelling workplaces throughout the pandemic has fueled demand.

“We hope the tempo of housing commences to average in 2021 as homebuilders confront constraints which include superior lumber charges and shortages of plenty and labor,” reported Nancy Vanden Houten, guide U.S. economist at Oxford Economics.

Even with these constraints, Vanden Houten believes household construction should really keep on being at healthy concentrations, supported by low property finance loan prices and powerful need when COVID-19 circumstances start out to decline.

For December, construction of solitary-family members homes improved by 7.8% to 1.23 million models. Design of residences with 5 or more models fell by 2% to a amount of 437,000.

The Northeast was the only region in the state that fell, struggling a drop of 7.2%. Building rose 13.6% in the Midwest, 11.2% in the West and 1.3% in the South.