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Feb 17, 2010 1:31 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Housing construction up 2.8 percent in January

A couple of economic reports today are boosting hopes for a sustained recovery.

Industrial production posted its seventh straight increase in January.

The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that January's numbers rose in all three major categories: manufacturing, mining and energy utilities. That is the first such show of strength since August 2009. And home building posted a better-than-expected increase, with activity reaching its highest point in six months.

Applications for building permits, considered a good barometer of future activity, fell 4.9 percent to a rate of 621,000, but that was after two months of large increases.

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