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Midstate building permits down 21 percent in Q1

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Residential building permits in the midstate were behind last year's pace by nearly 21 percent through the first quarter, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

There were 496 permits issued through March in the four major metropolitan areas covered by the Business Journal.

Only Lebanon County saw growth after three months with 69 permits compared with 58 at the end of March 2013, according to the Census.

The value of the total permits issued was $91.8 million through March. That was down 13 percent from last year. In Lebanon County, permit value was up to $8.8 million from $8.2 million last year.

Metro area

Permits through March 2013

Permit value through March 2013

Permits through March 2014

Permit value through March 2014

Harrisburg-Carlisle

232

$48.7 million

206

$43.1 million

Lancaster County

187

$28.2 million

111

$20.5 million

Lebanon County

58

$8.2 million

69

$8.8 million

York-Hanover

150

$20.7 million

110

$19.5 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau's Building Permits Survey

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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