Mortgage lenders have broken out of the doldrums and appear to be hiring with enthusiasm for the first time in a year, according to the latest industry employment figures.

Nonbank mortgage companies hired 2,200 full-time employees in June, while the initial hiring estimate for May was revised from 200 hires to 1,100, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Industry-specific employment data has a one-month lag behind the Bureau of Labor Statistics' aggregate employment data.

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