Middle Tennesseans more optimistic about economy

FILE - In this June 13, 2012, file photo, a job seeker talks to a recruiter at a job fair expo in Anaheim, Calif. The U.S. economy is showing signs of finally bottoming out: Americans are on the move again after record numbers had stayed put, more young adults are leaving their parents' homes to take a chance with college or the job market, once-sharp declines in births are leveling off and poverty is slowing. Not all is well. The jobless rate remains high at 8.1 percent. Home ownership dropped for a fifth straight year to 64.6 percent, the lowest in more than a decade, hurt by more stringent financing rules and a shift to renting. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

FILE - In this June 13, 2012, file photo, a job seeker talks to a recruiter at a job fair expo in Anaheim, Calif. The U.S. economy is showing signs of finally bottoming out: Americans are on the move again after record numbers had stayed put, more young adults are leaving their parents' homes to take a chance with college or the job market, once-sharp declines in births are leveling off and poverty is slowing. Not all is well. The jobless rate remains high at 8.1 percent. Home ownership dropped for a fifth straight year to 64.6 percent, the lowest in more than a decade, hurt by more stringent financing rules and a shift to renting. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A recent survey says Middle Tennessee consumers are becoming more optimistic about the local economy and are increasingly upbeat about the future.

The survey by Middle Tennessee State University's Office of Consumer Research found that the trend follows a decline in the local consumer outlook that has been mired in the negative range since 2008.

The local consumer outlook index rose to 193 from 144 in February.

The survey of 355 randomly selected adults in Davidson, Rutherford and Williamson counties was conducted April 16 to April 18. The consumers said they are not only more optimistic, but they believe now is a good time to make big purchases.

In spite of the findings locally, the survey finds that Middle Tennesseans remain less enthusiastic about the national economy.


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