After last months big rebound in permits (and drop in starts) both were expected revert in August. But, instead, they both exploded higher:
Housing Starts +12.3% MoM (+5.0% exp)
Building Permits +7.7% MoM (-1.3% exp).
On a YoY basis, the surge is even more dramatic. The largest annual rise in permits since March 2017 and biggest annual jump in starts since Sept 2018.
This is the highest level of starts since June 2007
Multifamily dominated the outsized gains: