From the American Bankruptcy Institute: Consumer Bankruptcy Filings Surge Past One Million During First Nine Months of 2009
Consumer bankruptcies totaled 1,046,449 filings through the first nine months of 2009 (Jan. 1-Sept. 30), the first time since the 2005 bankruptcy overhaul that filings have surged past the 1 million mark during the first three calendar quarters of a year, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), relying on data from the National Bankruptcy Research Center (NBKRC). The filings for the first three-quarters of 2009 were the highest total since the 1,350,360 consumer filings through the first nine months of 2005.
“Bankruptcy filings continue to climb as consumers look to shelter themselves from the effects of rising unemployment rates and housing debt,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “The consumer filing total through the first nine months is consistent with our expectation that consumer bankruptcies will top 1.4 million in 2009.”
The September 2009 consumer filing total reached 124,790, a 41 percent increase from the 88,663 consumer filings in September 2008.
This graph shows the non-business bankruptcy filings by quarter.
Note: Quarterly data from Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Q3 2009 based on monthly data from the American Bankruptcy Institute.
The quarterly rate is close to the levels prior to when the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) took effect. There were over 2 million bankruptcies filed in Calendar 2005 ahead of the law change.
There have been 1.05 million personal bankruptcy filings through Sept 2009, and the American Bankruptcy Institute is predicting over 1.4 million new bankruptcies by year end – I’ll take the over!