Marcus Hiles points out that the most obvious sign of an economic turnaround is the Greater Houston Partnership’s prediction that Greater Houston will create 29,700 jobs in 2017, nearly double the amount of the year before. In addition to the oil and gas industry’s resurgence, two other core features of the city’s economy – the Texas Medical Center, the largest in the world, and the Port of Houston – are both booming. “As healthcare becomes more important in society and the economy, we’ll continue to see growth,” regional economist Patrick Janikowski said. The sector is expected to add 9,800 jobs this year, accounting for nearly 30 percent of Texas’ growth. Overall outlooks for 2017, even among employers, are the highest they have been in years. In a new report from Houston recruiting firm Murray Resources, 7.7 percent of companies project that they will be making significant hires this year, the largest number since 2013, prior to the downturn in oil prices.