Residential building permits in the Upstate rose 30.3 percent in the first three quarters of this year, a boost attributed to job growth. The Upstate had 2,611 building permits issued during the first nine months of this year, compared to the 2,004 issued during the same period last year, according to Knoxville-based The Market Edge, which tracks residential and commercial building trends in the Southeast.

Nationwide, building permits were up 11.6 percent last month — the highest rise in four years, according to HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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