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Census: Midstate building permits up 10 percent through July

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It's all good in the neighborhood for those in residential construction.

Midstate building permits through July were up 10.3 percent compared with the same month a year ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which today released its latest monthly figures.

And the value of those permits was up 21.7 percent at nearly $286 million.

Lancaster County is the only local metropolitan area trailing last year's permit pace. Through the first seven months of the year, county permits totaled 449 compared with 595 as of July 2012, according to the Census.

Harrisburg-Carlisle posted 712 permits compared with 568, while Lebanon County notched 190 compared with 135 by July 2012. Meanwhile, York-Hanover had 398 residential permits through July, which was up from 287 last year.

On value, none of the metro areas cracked $100 million by July 2012. This year, Harrisburg-Carlisle closed the first seven months with $129.3 million in permit value, according to the Census. Lancaster County was second at $69.7 million, followed by York-Hanover at $61.1 million and Lebanon County at $25.9 million.

Nationally, residential permits also have been on the rise. U.S. permits totaled 566,501 through July compared with 454,275 last year. In Pennsylvania, there were 13,407 compared with 11,299 by July 2012.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jasons@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal. Circle Jason Scott on .

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