In the United States, the number of houses, the construction of which was started in December, was 1 million 78 thousand, which is 11.2% less than in November, the country's Department of Commerce reported. The December figure was the lowest since September 2016. According to experts, its value was expected at the level of 1 million 250 thousand homes. At the same time, the increase in the number of permits issued for construction turned out to be a surprise for economists. This figure rose by 0.3%, with a 2.8% decline expected by economists. The number of single-family homes, the construction of which was started in the last month of last year, was 6.7% less than in November. The volume of started construction of apartment buildings has decreased by 20.4%.