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Mortgage Daily Mortgage Employment Index Q4 2015

DALLAS -- (April 4, 2016)
Quarterly layoffs outpaced hirings in real estate finance, with job losses accelerating over the prior quarter but slowing from a year earlier.

As of the fourth-quarter 2015, there were an estimated 626,500 people employed in the mortgage industry, according to a Mortgage Daily analysis of employment data.

Estimated staffing declined from a downwardly revised 640,400 three months earlier. But industry headcount expanded from an upwardly revised 621,800 a year earlier.

The latest total was comprised of 261,800 mortgage jobs at banks, 63,700 home-lending employees at credit unions and 301,000 people at non-bank mortgage firms.

In the Mortgage Daily Fourth Quarter 2015 Mortgage Employment Index report, 1,120 more layoffs were tracked than hirings.

Net job losses accelerated from 921 in the third quarter but slowed from 3,699 in the fourth-quarter 2014.

The most-recent total reflected 3,335 layoffs, fewer than the third-quarter's 4,797 and the fourth-quarter 2014's 6,651 layoffs.

Also factored in the latest total were 2,215 hirings, fewer than 3,876 in the previous period and 2,952 during the year-earlier period.

The Garden State had the biggest net gain in mortgage jobs.


Biggest Q4 Job Gains by State
New Jersey +200
Michigan +160
Florida +149
Wisconsin +133
Missouri +68

With 354 more layoffs than hirings tracked, North Carolina fared worst among all states.

Biggest Q4 Job Losses by State
North Carolina -354
Iowa -287
New York -189
Indiana -62
Utah -41

Among mortgage-related companies, Freedom Mortgage's reported hiring plans gave it the biggest net improvement.

Biggest Q4 Job Gains by Company
Freedom +400
Movement Mortgage LLC +381
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. +265
United Shore Financial Services LLC +220
ResMac Inc. +133

With a fourth-quarter 2015 net loss of 1,100 mortgage jobs, Bank of America fared worst.

Biggest Q4 Job Losses by Company
Company Net
BofA -1,100
Wells Fargo & Co. -737
Stonegate Mortgage Corp. -394
Ocwen Financial Corp. -287
Home Retention Services Inc. -255

For all of 2015, net job losses were 3,035, substantially lower than the 28,337 in 2014.

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