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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.

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