Census Bureau headquarters Census Bureau headquarters. (Photo: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP)

WASHINGTON, DC—October’s residential construction starts and permits beat analysts’ estimates, with multifamily putting in an especially strong showing. While building activity in the comparatively volatile apartment sector has often trailed that of single-family over the course of this year—and at times brought down the overall gains—October data from the Census Bureau show the sector leading the way.