Nationwide bankruptcy filings were a little higher in August 2016 compared to a year earlier, breaking an ongoing trend of decline. Bankruptcy filings totaled 68,495 in August, which was an increase from July’s total of 61,340, and was approximately 1.1 percent higher than August 2015’s total of 67,777 (an increase of 718).
Year-to-date, there have been 528,397 bankruptcy filings nationwide for the first eight months of 2016 (about 66,049 per month), down from 2015’s year-to-date total through the end of August of 562,579 (about 70,322 per month), according to August 2016 AACER bankruptcy data reported by Epiq Systems.
August’s total of 68,495 bankruptcy filings was just over half of the peak total for the month of August recorded in 2010 of 135,771. The state with the highest cumulative filings for the first eight months of 2016 was California with 49,564. Illinois was second in year-to-date filings with 36,371. The next three states with the most cumulative filings were Georgia (30,751), Florida (30,640), and Ohio (24,986).
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