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.
Permits through March 2013
Permit value through March 2013
Permits through March 2014
Permit value through March 2014
Source: U.S. Census Bureau's Building Permits Survey