How do you plan to spend Labor Day? Whether you're spending the day cooking out with family and friends at a backyard BBQ or relaxing on the beach with a good book, we hope it's great! After all, the day is intended to honor the hard work and achievements made by American workers throughout the year. It's your day, make the most of it!

Autumn is often a busy time for architecture, engineering and construction companies. Reach out to RealStreet before the pressures of poor weather and seemingly unattainable yearly goals begin to loom over you and your team . Our employee leasing solutions can help you get back on track to finishing projects on time and under budget. 
Best wishes in all of your endeavors! 

Katy Cook, CSP
Marketing Coordinator
What's New at RealStreet
RealStreet Hires Sales Representative!
We are thrilled to announce the addition of a Sales Representative to the RealStreet team: Adam Lindsay! Adam joins RealStreet as the Sales Representative for the Dallas office, where he will be responsible for building the branch's pipeline and achieving strategic sales objectives. His primary duties include business development and customer relationship management (CRM) within the territory. 
View his bio on the RealStreet website.

Examples of Recent Placements
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  • Owner's Representative
  • Auto CAD Designer /Drafter
  • Project Coordinators
  • Document Control Technician 
  • Mechanical Designer/Engineer
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Architectural Historian
  • Architectural CAD Operator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Payroll Clerk
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Interesting Industry Information
How is the Overall Workforce?
The U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a "M onthly Jobs Report"  soon after the beginning of each month. Each report describes the previous month's employment situation, based on data such as the number of jobs that were added to the economy and the unemployment rate. The US economy added 209,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate decreased slightly to 4.3%. For more information, check out the  BLS' interactive graphs one of which is provided to the right. 
July was the 82nd consecutive month of job growth. While economists often have varying views regarding the results, the overall consensus, (according to a  CareerBuilder article) leaned towards positive. CNN stated that the US is nearing "full employment," meaning the unemployment will not drop substantially from its current rate. On the other hand, Reuters points out that while "the economy is near full employment, wage growth has not been strong in part because many of the jobs being created are in low-wage industries." Barclay's chief US economist, Michael Gapen, was quoted in the New York Times not only saying "this is a Goldilocks report for the markets" but also that the healthy payroll and hourly earnings "really bodes well for macroeconomic growth."
Construction Starts: 
Dodge Data & Analytics saw a 6% increase in the value of construction starts (seasonally adjusted rate of $728.1 billion) in July compared to the previous month. The Dodge Momentum Index, which indicates future nonresidential construction work, fell 3.3% from June to July, but is 6.9% higher than one year ago. These findings suggest that while construction spending appeared to stumble last month, it is still on an overall upward trend. 
Future Indicators:  
According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) the July Architecture Billings Index (ABI) shows an increase in demand for design services for the sixth straight month. According to the AIA, the ABI is the leading economic indicator of construction activity, as it "reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and nonresidential construction spending." According to the AIA, 
  • July New Projects Inquiry Index: 59.9 (58.6 - June)
  • July New Design Contracts Index: 56.4 (53.7 - June)
Engineering News-Record (ENR) featured a recently released study by FMI Capital Advisors, which showed that the confidence in U.S. infrastructure spending forecasts is driving an increase in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions with the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. According to the article,
  • Labor shortages and increased competition for qualified talent has contributed to the trend, as companies strive to combine resources and protect market share.
  • The AEC industry has seen an increase in metaprojects. These complex projects often require larger, more technically sophisticated firms to provide integrated services, while ensuring accurate and timely project delivery.
  • President Trump's $1 trillion proposed infrastructure program is 2-3 years out, but it will create a significant demand once approved. In fact, it has already led to the approval of state spending (e.g. a recently approved $120 billion infrastructure program in California). Private sector firms will need to be prepared (expectations, knowledge, capabilities, etc.) to respond to the challenge.
  • Nearly 50 deals have been announced in the global engineering-and-construction sector during the second quarter of 2017.
Featured News Post
How to Onboard New Employees into Your Workforce
Hiring new employees is an exciting yet uncertain time. Whether you're leasing a variety of construction management  professionals or hiring a lead architect, adding the right talent to your team is an important aspect of business success. Furthermore, you do not want to invest time and energy sourcing the right candidates only to lose them soon after they start. Ensure your efforts throughout the hiring process are not wasted by making sure new employees feel welcome and supported from day one.

Read the full article for five tips to onboard new employees into your team. 

Security Risks on Mobile Devices
If someone was able to gain access to your phone, whether it was lost and not secured well, or via a malicious attack, what is at risk? Consider everything that is on your mobile devices; contact information, emails, pictures, access to apps and much more! The damage could be devastating. 
Use the following security precautions to enjoy the conveniences of technology while maintaining peace of mind while you are on the go:
Keep a Clean Machine
  • Keep security software current on all devices that connect to the Internet: having the most up-to-date mobile security software, web browser, operating system and apps is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • Delete when done: delete all apps you no longer use.
Protect Your Personal Information
  • Secure your devices: use strong passwords, passcodes or other features such as touch identification to lock your devices. 
  • Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.: be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected through apps and websites. 
  • Own your online presence: use security and privacy settings on websites and apps to manage what is shared about you.
  • Now you see me, now you don't: disable WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use. 
Connect with Care
  • Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: limit what you do on public WiFi as public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure.
  • When in doubt, don't respond: mobile requests for personal data or immediate action are almost always scams.
The aforementioned tips are from the Stay Safe Online website, powered by National Cyber Security Alliance.

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