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Building-permit approvals in Connecticut rose by more than 50 percent in August compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures.
Data released Thursday by the state Department of Economic and Community Development indicated that 359 housing permits were issued last month in Connecticut. This compares with 232 for the same period last year.
Permits have risen nearly 41 percent so far this year. Housing units approved throughout the state total 2,451 year to date compared with 1,740 through August of last year.
For three out of the past four months, building permits have shown a more than 100 increase compared with the same period last year.
The totals so far this year eclipse any period since 2008, but they are still well less than half of the housing approvals seen in the boom years of 2004-2006.
Top local towns for permit approvals so far this year were East Lyme with 32, Stonington with 23 and New London with 21.