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Building permits down 31 percent in Harrisburg area

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Residential building permits in Central Pennsylvania are down 21 percent through July compared to the same time a year ago, according to the latest building permits survey from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The biggest decline is in the Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan area, where permits totaled 491 through July — a 31 percent fall from last year’s seven-month total.

Lebanon County has been the most consistent so far this year, with 184 residential permits. That is off just 3 percent compared to the year-to-date total in July 2013, according to the Census. Permit value was up 7 percent to $27.6 million in Lebanon County.

The four metro areas in the Business Journal’s primary coverage area produced a total of $247.7 million in permit value through July. That was down 13 percent from last year.

The value in Harrisburg-Carlisle was down 25 percent at $97 million, according to the Census. That was the biggest local decline.

The midstate generated 4,301 permits worth $708 million in 2013. That was the highest valuation since 2008, according to Business Journal records.

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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