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Download US Permit data

Asteroid

I'm trying to automate a routine task.  I pull monthly permit data by location when it is published on the link below.

 

https://www.census.gov/construction/bps/msamonthly.html

 

There is a webform to build the report and it generates a txt file.  I've used the download tool and it brings in the txt file, but I'm not sure how to parse it.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated...thanks!

 

 

 

 

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With that data, there appear to be some inconsistencies where some of the CBSA names are long and that pushes some of the data down into the next line.

 

I've attached a workflow that gets you 95% of the way there. I showed at the end how you could move the data up a row when the names are long. You would just need to do that for each of the numeric columns and then just filter out the old extra line (probably where Name is blank).

 

Asteroid

Awesome...thanks!

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