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Year-to-date ending in May, single-family permits declined in three out of the four regions. The South posted a moderate increase of 1.0% while the Northeast region reported the steepest decline of 11.7%. The Midwest declined by 11.2% and the Western region reported a 2.2% decline in single-family permits during this time. Multifamily permits posted increases in all four regions. Permits were 39.3% higher in the Midwest, 20.2% higher in the South, 10.9% higher in the West, and 1.8% higher in the Northeast.