Housing starts drop by half in Clark County



June homebuilding permits issued in Clark County were down by more than half the number of permits handed out in the same month last year, according to a Thursday report.

The county’s Department of Community Development issued 34 permits to build single-family houses last month, down from 74 permits in June 2010 and 45 permits in June 2009.

Last month’s housing permits totaled approximately $12.8 million in value, a drop from about $19.6 million in June 2010, the development department said.