Construction of single-family homes in Ventura County showed a solid increase in the first nine months of this year over the same period last year, and was up even more substantially over the first nine months of 1993.
Builders started 1,448 houses in the county through September of this year, according to the Construction Industry Research Board, a trade group.
That is 15% more than the 1,258 houses started in the year-earlier period and 72% ahead of the 1993 pace.
However, construction of houses in the county declined on a month-to-month basis in September, the latest month tracked by the builders' group.
A total of 85 single-family homes were started in September, down from 280 in August. The figure was also lower than the 143 homes started in September, 1994.