The mortgage industry swerved from three consecutive months of job decreases.
The number of mortgage jobs in June was 503,100 -- 2,200 more than in May and 13,500 better than the same month last year, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
About 71 percent of the month's jobs were in the real estate credit sector, and the remaining portion consisted of mortgage and non-mortgage brokers, the U.S. Department of Labor division reported.
During June, mortgage companies that informed MortgageDaily.com of their plans for staff expansions included Sage Credit Co., NFM Inc., Old Merchants Mortgage Bankers and Secured Funding.
While total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 113,000 in July, the unemployment rate edged up to 4.8 percent from June's 4.6 percent, the bureau said.