The pace of US home construction has slipped in May, with many Americans still struggling to afford new houses.

The Commerce Department says builders started work at a seasonally adjusted annual rate on 1.01 million homes.  That was down 6.5 per cent from 1.07 million in April. Construction firms began work on fewer single-family houses, condominiums and apartments last month.  Building tailed off in the Northeast, Midwest and West….