Jobs Migrate North in Q1 Mortgage Employment Index

Jul 13, 2015, 07:00 ET from Mortgage Daily

DALLAS, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of people working in home lending has fallen on a quarterly basis, though there was a recent monthly upturn. Mortgage jobs appear to be migrating North.

As of March 31, an estimated 544,700 people were employed in the mortgage industry. The estimate was based on government and origination market share data analyzed by Mortgage Daily.

The total included an estimated 210,800 mortgage jobs at banks, an estimated 49,400 mortgage positions at credit unions and 284,500 employees at non-bank mortgage firms.

Total headcount in real estate finance declined from an estimated 577,800 people who were employed in the business as of the fourth-quarter 2014

Staffing in home lending was also reduced from the first-quarter 2014, when mortgage employment was estimated at 597,000.

In Mortgage Daily's First Quarter 2015 Mortgage Employment Index, there was little change in the number of jobs, with hirings slightly out pacing layoffs by a mere 36 positions.

But there was some residential loan staffing action between states, with Florida seeing in excess of 500 more mortgage layoffs than hirings.

Biggest Job Losses by State

State

Net

Florida

-516

Virginia

-143

Texas

-35

California

-57

Connecticut

-30

New Jersey fared well in the latest index, growing its mortgage force by nearly 400 jobs.

Biggest Job Gains by State

State

Net

New Jersey

+381

Wisconsin

+122

Illinois

+115

Michigan

+70

Washington

+58

Three of the nation's biggest mortgage servicers -- Bank of America, Chase and Walter Investment -- had the biggest reported mortgage staffing reductions.

Biggest Job Losses by Company 

Company

Net

Walter Investment

-700

BofA

-318

Chase

-226

Altisource

-200

Trulia

-140

The big gainer in mortgage jobs for the quarter was Freedom Mortgage, though healthy growth was also reported for Fairway Independent Mortgage.

Biggest Job Gains by Company 

Company

Net

Freedom Mortgage

+501

Fairway Independent

+244

loanDepot

+182

Stonegate Mortgage

+175

Guaranteed Rate

+118

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