Single-family housing starts jumped 10% in April as builders rushed to meet demand from buyers seeking to take advantage of the expiring Federal homebuyer tax credit.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that single-family housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000 in April, up from a 538,000 rate in March. On a sequential basis, construction activity rose 18% in the Midwest, 15% in the South, 5% in the Northeast but fell 5% in the West. Overall, single family housing starts rose 54% from April 2009.

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