WASHINGTON — Although Federal Housing Administration-backed loans showed a downward trickle last year, federal mortgage insurance still makes up a sizable chunk of the housing market, according to new government data published Tuesday.

According to updated information reported to the bank regulators under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, FHA loans made up 31% of the market last year. While that was 5 percentage points less than in 2010 and 6 points less than in 2009, it still reflects heightened interest in the FHA following the crisis. The FHA's share in 2007 was only 7%, which then grew to 26% in 2008.

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