Mortgage Employment Index Peaks in 2012

Mar 04, 2013, 07:00 ET from Mortgage Daily

DALLAS, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage industry staffing expanded last year more than any year since the mortgage crisis first erupted. But the outlook has demand weakening for mortgage employees.

The industry gained 2,571 jobs during the fourth-quarter 2012, according to the Mortgage Employment Index from Mortgage Daily. The findings are based on stories published by Mortgage Daily.

The Mortgage Employment Index has risen each quarter since the third-quarter 2011.

Job gains weren't as strong as the prior quarter. Momentum also slowed from the final quarter of 2011.

Fourth-quarter activity reflected 2,404 layoffs and 4,975 hirings.



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Q4 2011


Mortgage staffing expanded the most in Illinois, and Texas had the second-biggest gain.

Florida's job losses were the worst.













Guaranteed Rate grew its staff more than any other lender. With an estimated net loss of 1,098 mortgage jobs, Bank of America took the biggest hit.



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Nationstar (est.)




Digital Risk


United Shore


During all of 2012, mortgage staffing expanded by 8,978, more than doubling the 4,320 jobs added in 2011.

The annual gain was greater than any year since 2006, when the index was launched.

But last year was likely the peak, according to Mortgage Daily Founder and Publisher Sam Garcia.

"With home loan performance consistently exhibiting improvement, mortgage servicers are beginning to reduce default staffing levels," Mr. Garcia explained. "At the same time, as the Fed's aggressive campaign to keep rates low draws to a close, the refinance wave which has bolstered mortgage employment over the past year will subside and reduce demand for production employees. Compliance staffing, however, will likely remain elevated."  

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