WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. household design jumped 5.8% in December to 1.67 million units, a 14-year significant that topped the strongest annual displaying from the country’s builders in 15 a long time.

The superior-than-anticipated December get followed an boost of 9.8% in November when housing commences climbed to a seasonally modified once-a-year rate of 1.58 million models, the Commerce Department described Thursday. The December rate was the strongest due to the fact the building charge arrived at 1.72 million models in September 2006.

For the 12 months, building began on 1.45 million units, up 4.8% from 2019 and the finest pace considering the fact that development begins totaled 1.8 million units in 2006. That time period included a massive U.S. housing growth that ultimately burst, kicking off the catastrophic 2007-2009 recession.

Housing has been one particular of the star performers this yr even as the over-all financial system has been wracked by the spread of the coronavirus. Record-low property finance loan costs and the migration of Us residents to larger sized households superior suited for home offices during the pandemic has fueled demand.

“We assume the speed of housing starts off to reasonable in 2021 as homebuilders confront constraints which includes higher lumber costs and shortages of a lot and labor,” stated Nancy Vanden Houten, lead U.S. economist at Oxford Economics.

Even with these constraints, Vanden Houten thinks residence construction need to keep on being at healthful concentrations, supported by low property finance loan costs and potent demand when COVID-19 situations commence to decline.

For December, design of one-family properties elevated by 7.8% to 1.23 million models. Construction of residences with five or much more units fell by 2% to a rate of 437,000.

The Northeast was the only location in the nation that fell, suffering a decrease of 7.2%. Construction rose 13.6% in the Midwest, 11.2% in the West and 1.3% in the South.