The building industry in Johnston County is back to levels not seen before the recession. New housing starts in the county are up 21 percent this year, compared to the first seven months of 2014. And the trend shows no signs of letting up.
Between January 1 and July 31st, 2015, 789 new housing permits were issued, up from 651 during the same period last year. The average value of the new homes being built is $185,073, up from $181,604 during the same period a year earlier.
Manufactured housing numbers were nearly the same. A total of 54 doublewide permits have been issued from January through July of this year, the same number as last year. Singlewide permits are up slightly from 69 to 71. Modular home permits are down from 21 to 17.
The Johnston County Inspections Office has collected $1,493,312.06 in fees so far this year, up from $1,135,267.57 last year at the same time. Inspectors have passed a total of 23,313 inspections and failed 7,222.