FHA mortgages, as usual, showed the highest delinquency rates in the nation in the fourth quarter, even as the overall delinquency rate made its biggest jump in four years, according to a survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The 7.43% delinquency rate in the quarter was up from 6.97% in the preceding quarter. Delinquency of FHA loans was last this high in the second quarter of 1991, when it was 7.49%.

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