Home improvements show flipside of economy

Extravagant outdoor structures are a positive sign of the economy.
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There is another indicator that shows the flipside of hard economic times.

Over 300 Hoosiers showed up in the first half-hour of the Job News fair at the State Fairgrounds Tuesday. It's a scene we've become accustomed to when talking about the economy in Indiana.

Some applicants were out of work, some underemployed, and others, just out of high school, were preparing to enter the job market.

"I'm really looking for a job at, like, Aldi or Enterprise. Something like that, so I can work on my people skills," said jobseeker Devante Conner.

But there are some signs Hoosiers are preparing to jump back into the spending pool again, like one new swimming pool construction in Zionsville.

"If you're younger, you might say, 'I'll put it off a couple more years'," said Bill Lambert, Perma Pools. "But you get older, you say, 'I'm not going to do it.' If you've got the cash in the bank, you want to enjoy it while you can."

Lambert says the market has a ways to go to get back to the way it used to be, but he believes consumers, at least some of them, are opting to stay put and spruce up.

In Fishers, it's not only swimming pools. Outdoor living has become big business.

"They're just saying, you know, we're going to put money back in our backyard and make it the way we want to, instead of saying, you know, the next house, the next house, the next house. They're staying put and they're doing these custom outdoor kitchens, they're making their yard more of what they want," said Russ Greene, Family Leisure.