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Building permit numbers down

There are less building permits being issued in the Oshawa area than there were a year ago, according to new numbers from Statistics Canada.

According to new data, there were 129 building permits worth a little more than $33 million in August, down from 283 building permits worth $64.3 million the year before.

The numbers for August are down sharply from June and July, which saw 645 and 538 building permits respectively.

Those numbers were a big increase over June and July 2014, when the Oshawa census metropolitan area, which includes Clarington and Whitby, saw 184 and 154 building permits respectively.

Nationally, there was an increase over last year, with 18,380 building permits worth more than $4 billion issued across Canada, up from 16,124 worth $3.58 billion in August 2014.

As is the case with Oshawa, the number of building permits issued across the country in August was down from the two months prior.

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