I don't have any numbers but historically, when unemployment has risen more people start their own businesses, and some go into real estate sales. It doesn't cost much to get started and requires very little education.
Lately, I have run into a few people who have just joined us and have received some calls from others who would like to become Realtors.
We all have to start someplace and I was once a new agent. In fact, to some I still am, even though I have been in the business for less than a decade. It takes some experience to do a good job representing clients. When you don't let me know that you are new, I can't help you.