Quarterly hirings in the Motor City helped Michigan secure the biggest gains in mortgage employment, while the nation's biggest home lender was behind the state with the most mortgage job losses.
As of March 31 of this year, there were an estimated 624,800 people who were employed in the mortgage industry.
The total is based on a Mortgage Daily analysis of origination market share data and data reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Jobs in real estate finance
were trimmed from year-end 2015, when an estimated 626,500 employees held jobs at mortgage firms.
But headcount expanded from the end of the first quarter of last year, when the estimated total was an upwardly revised 594,000.
More recently, the number of positions at mortgage employers
totaled an estimated 631,100 as of May 2016.
The first-quarter 2016 total reflected
an estimated 268,400 mortgage jobs at banks, 57,900 home-lending employees at credit unions and 298,500 positions at non-bank mortgage firms.
Estimated Mortgage Staffing by Quarter
Mortgage Daily tracked 3,816 layoffs as part of its First Quarter 2016 Mortgage Employment Index, while 3,978 hirings were tracked for the same period.
The job activity was collected through public company filings, announcements and statements from lenders, and filings made with state employment agencies as required by the
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
There were 1,029 more hirings than layoffs tracked in Michigan, giving it the biggest mortgage job gains of any state.
Activity in Michigan was driven by Quicken Loans Inc., which is headquartered in Detroit.
Biggest Job Gains by State - First Quarter 2016
In North Carolina, mortgage layoffs exceeded mortgage hirings by 551, the biggest first-quarter loss of any state.
Wells Fargo & Co., which picked up significant operations in Charlotte with its 2008 acquisition of Wachovia Corp., was behind many of the job losses in North Carolina.
Biggest Job Losses by State - First Quarter 2016
Quicken Loans, the nation's third-biggest home lender, had 2,000 more hirings than it did layoffs -- the best record of any U.S. company.
Biggest Job Gains by Company - First Quarter 2016
Wells Fargo, the largest mortgage originator and mortgage servicer in the country, had the biggest quarterly loss of mortgage jobs of any firm tracked: 743.
Biggest Job Losses by Company - First Quarter 2016