As 2016 draws to a close and 2017 nips at our heels, we find ourselves in an interesting phase of reflection and contemplation. That's no truer than when it comes to the job market.

2016 saw the lowest unemployment rate — 4.6 percent — since 2007, quite a feat given trends such as automation and increased contract work (more on these later) gave rise to worries about traditional job growth and market sustainability.

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