As it happens, the 8.2% jump followed a 4% decline in housing construction the month before.
In November, construction of single-family homes increased 3.2% percent, to a rate of 1.26-million units, after a 3.4% decline in October. And multifamily construction took off by 30.1% to reach a level of 346,000 units, after having dropped 2.9% in October.
By region, housing starts climbed by 20.1% in the Northeast to a rate of 173,000 and soared by 20.5% in the Midwest to a rate of 382,000. In the West, they rose by 12.7% to a rate of 372,000. In the South, however, they dropped by 1.6% to a rate of 718,000.