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How the Shale Bust Created Trump's Economic Boom

The energy sector bounced back in 2017, driving other growth. Of course, that was possible only because of the preceding collapse.
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Not all job growth is created equal. Even though 2017 didn't accelerate job growth over all, it accelerated growth in the right kind of jobs.

High-paying goods-producing job growth jumped to 465,000 in 2017, from 64,000 in 2016. This was the second-best year for goods-producing jobs growth of the expansion. Starting from a level of low labor slack, this is impressive.