Nationally, housing starts rose 34 percent during the same period, with total housing starts rising to a total of 79,000.
Total housing starts remain well below peak levels both nationally and in the West. September 2012 housing starts in the West were 66 percent below the peak reached during May 2004. Nationally, September 2012 was 60 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 were 48 percent below peak levels while multifamily starts were only 29 percent below peak levels.
The West census region includes states on the west coast and within the Rocky Mountain region.
The second graph shows that September's total was tied with September 2011 as the most active September for multifamily starts since September 2005.
The third graph shows all starts in the region, and these were at a five year high for September. The last time there were more starts during September was September 2007 when there were re were 23,000 housing starts.