Halifax saw a surge in housing construction last month compared to a year earlier thanks to new apartment-style units.


According to a release issued yesterday from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Association, 229 housing construction jobs were started last month, compared to 123 in August of 2008 -- a jump of more than 86 per cent, or 106 housing starts.


“The large increase in residential construction last month was due to the start of 130 apartment-style units in Halifax,” spokesman Matthew Gilmore said in a release, which added apartments contributed to the number of multiple-unit starts soaring almost 535 per cent, from 23 to 146.


The same comparison made nationwide revealed a 27 per cent drop in total housing starts, from 16,807 units in August 2008 to 12,187 units last month.