Nonbank mortgage lenders cut 6,000 jobs in January, erasing four months of job growth in the sector, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Employment and nonbank lenders and mortgage brokers fell to 282,200 in January, according to preliminary BLS estimates, down from an employment level of 288,100 in December. Last year, industry employment hovered near 281,000 in June and July before reaching a 12-month high in December. The bureau's industry-specific estimates lag by one month and last month, the BLS revised all of its 2014 employment estimates for nonbank mortgage lenders.

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