Despite the political chaos, in 2017, Brazil finally left behind the deepest, longest and hardest economic depression in its history. GDP grew in the first three quarters of the year and already known indicators suggest that the pace of growth accelerated in the fourth quarter. Consumer and entrepreneur confidence in all sectors of the economy has been improving since December 2015. Since April, jobs have begun to return and 2.3 million previously unemployed people have returned to work. The new labor legislation should help sustain this trend.