An increase in the number of brokers wasn't enough to push overall mortgage employment higher in a monthly government report.
The number of people working in the mortgage industry was 349,100 during August, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Mortgage employment fell from a revised 355,100 in July and 408,000 in August 2007.
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers accounted for 113,100 of August's total, up from 112,600 in July.
But people in real estate credit positions fell to 236,000 from 242,500. Total lost real estate credit jobs were impacted by:
Across all U.S. industries, September employment fell by 159,000 and unemployment stayed at 6.1 percent, according to the bureau, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor.