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