Consumer bankruptcy filings increase
From the American Bankruptcy Institute (no link yet):
The 135,913 consumer bankruptcy filings in October represented a 27.9 percent increase over last Octoberâ€™s monthly total of 106,266, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), relying on data from the National Bankruptcy Research Center (NBKRC). The October 2009 consumer filings represented an 8.9 percent increase from the September 2009 total of 124,790. Chapter 13 filings constituted 28.5 percent of all consumer cases in October, a slight increase from the September rate.
â€śThe nearly 9 percent increase in consumer bankruptcy filings in October, together with a 7 percent jump reported in business cases, demonstrates the sustained stress on the U.S. economy,â€ť said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. ABI forecasts that total bankruptcies this year will exceed 1.4 million, the highest number since 2005.
Filings in 2005 were inflated by the passage of a new bankruptcy law that made it harder to file.