Residential building permits in Central Pennsylvania were up 12.3 percent through November compared with the same period a year ago, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan area led the pack with 1,122 permits after 11 months. That was up from 953 through November 2012.
Lancaster County is the only metro area of the four tracked by the Business Journal to report a decline in home permits. The county posted 696 through November, which was down from 881 through November 2012, according to the Census.
In Lebanon County, permits were up from last year with 301 compared with 195. In York-Hanover, residential permits totaled 625 through November compared with 414 last year.
Of the 2,744 total permits, the estimated value was $459.6 million, according to the Census. That was up 25.5 percent over last year.