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New Home Construction up In Tampa Bay

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New housing starts are way up in the Tampa Bay Area.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, new housing starts went up 26.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2012. The data comes from "Metrostudy," a national company that keeps numbers on the construction industry.

One thousand 40 new homes were started between January and March this year. Last year during that time only 840 new homes were started.

The "Times" says most of the new building happened in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

Since the recession began, the "Times" reports that the all time low for housing starts, 727, was in the first quarter of 2009.