(WASHINGTON) -- Builders broke ground on 14.6 percent more homes in June than they did in May, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's latest report on housing starts released Tuesday.
The report finds that construction began last month on a seasonally-adjusted rate of 629,000 new homes across the country, with 453,000 of them being single-family homes.
While the housing starts represent just half the number needed to signal a healthy housing market, it shows the sector is on the rebound.
"It's very good news. It's in both single-family and multi-family. It's also broad-based. It's across all of the regions. So it's good to see this kind of increase," says Robert Denk, a senior economist at the National Association of Home Builders.
"We expect the trend to be upward...That doesn't preclude that we'll see some volatility, that we might see these numbers go up and down. But today's increase is definitely a good sign," he adds.
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