Housing starts continue to be less than 800K per month. August 2012 were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 750K. That is up 30% since a year earlier.
Building permits were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 803K, which is about 25% better than a year earlier.
Privately-owned housing completions in August were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 689K, up 12% from a year earlier.
NAHB: National Association of Home Builders
US Commerce Dept: US New Residential Construction news release