Lake Charles La. saw the biggest jump in building permits issued during the first six months of the year out of any other community in the country! Lake Charles is still rebuilding after Hurricane Rita (2005) and Ike, last year. Building permits were up 123% from the same period the previous year and apartment permits were up 870%. However, it was also boosted by the construction of a new nuclear power fabrication facility.
I guess building a nuclear plant would help any communities' construction numbers?