The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 4.55% last week, the MBA said. It was the lowest rate ever recorded in the survey, falling from 4.6% in the prior week. >> Mortgage Applications Rise on Refi Fears of a stalled recovery returned to the forefront after the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said Thursday manufacturing activity in the region slowed significantly in August as the index fell to 0 from July's reading of 14. The news offset earlier optimism after the Labor Department reported a better-than-expected decline in the number of people filing for jobless benefits -- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Miriam Reimer. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/miriamsmarket. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.