The latest low number for U.S. unemployment - 4.3 percent for July 2017 - doesn't mean the job market is completely without issues. However, they are less significant than they've been in a decade. Additionally, sectors that some economists thought were in trouble are doing well, as recent reports show.
According to the Yakima Herald, the energy sector is currently providing the state of Pennsylvania with 322,600 of its jobs, and New York has 258,500 jobs due to the industry. As these two states are the second- and fourth-biggest energy consumers in the U.S., the cyclical nature of this can significantly benefit all parties involved.
Arguably of even greater importance is a PricewaterhouseCoopers report cited by the Herald noting that between 2011 and 2017, the energy sector created 500,000 jobs - an increase from 9.8 to 10.3 million.
Elsewhere in the U.S., high-tech factories may be filling the void left some years ago by manufacturers who chose to outsource. The Associated Press reported that in Ohio, GE Aviation has numerous manufacturing positions open for its jet-engine plant - a small portion of the 30,000 similar opportunities available throughout the state.
Although there exists some concern regarding the availability of appropriate skills for these jobs, the AP reported that Ohio government leaders are promoting various training initiatives to get prospective workers up to speed and let them compete for open jobs.