WASHINGTON — U.S. December housing starts fell 14.2% to 1.006 million units and permits fell 8.1% to 1.068 million units, suggesting there will not be a rebound in housing any time soon.

Starts were off 2.9% for single-families to 794,000 units in December, and down 4.1% for multifamilies, which includes a 41.1% drop for five-plus units to 196,000, its lowest since July 1994. Starts fell in all regions.

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