Groundbreaking for new U.S. home construction gained again in June, climbing 3.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 582,000 units as building permits climbed 8.7% to an annual rate of 563,000 units, according to Commerce Department data released Friday.

The rate for housing starts surpassed the 530,000 level predicted by Thomson Reuters’ poll of economists. Thomson had projected a 520,000 rate for permits.

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