Nationally, housing starts rose 28 percent during the same period, with total housing starts rising to a total of 69,900.
Total housing starts remain well below peak levels both nationally and in the West. August 2012 housing starts in the West were 69 percent below the peak reached during May 2004. Nationally, August 2012 was 64 percent below peak levels. The national peak in housing starts was reached during May 2005.
Multifamily starts have rebounded more than single-family starts. In the West, single-family starts are 77 percent below peak levels while multifamily starts are only 42 percent below peak levels.
The West census region includes states on the west coast and within the Rocky Mountain region.
The second graph shows month-by-month comparisons in housing starts for each year in the West. August's housing starts total was down 6.6 percent from July but were at a 4-year high. That is, August 2012 was the biggest August for total starts since 2008.
August 2012's multifamily starts were at the highest August total seen in five years There were 5,800 multifamily starts during August 2012 which is the highest August total since August 2007.