State housing permits increased 20 percent in May

May housing permits in Connecticut increased more than 20 percent compared with the same month last year, according to numbers released last week by the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

The 380 permits authorized in the state in May compared with 313 a year previously.

So far this year, permits have increased more than 14 percent compared with last year.

But permits are still less than half the numbers seen in 2004-2006.

Top towns in the region in terms of permits issued so far this year have been East Lyme, with 19; New London and Ledyard, 17, and Stonington, 13.

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