Bankruptcy across the country is on the rise as 2017 progresses, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). For many financial experts, this comes as no surprise. The economy is up, and so are bankruptcy filings as both consumers and businesses are able to take on more debt. Here are some of the latest numbers:

  • Total bankruptcy filings went up 11 percent from July to August
  • Business chapter 11 filings went up 29 percent
  • Total consumer filings went up 11 percent
  • Despite the increase over July, total bankruptcy filings in August this year are below August of last year
  • Overall, bankruptcy rates in 2017 are 2-3 percent below rates in 2016, but experts warn those rates may continue to rise


Top States for Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy rates are not the same across the US. In fact, the differences between them can be staggering. The factors behind this discrepancy vary, from multiple failed startups in Silicon Valley, to huge layoffs by top employers in Georgia.

Below are the top states for bankruptcy filings in 2017:

  1. California
  2. Illinois
  3. Georgia
  4. Florida
  5. Ohio
  6. Tennessee
  7. Texas
  8. New York
  9. Michigan
  10. Alabama


It isn’t just individuals filing for bankruptcy; big businesses have recently made headlines for bankruptcy filing as well. Most famously, Toys ‘R’ Us filed their Chapter 11 on September 18. Two other businesses, including Payless ShoeSource and baby clothes maker Gymboree, also declared bankruptcy this year.

Whether you’re a business or an individual, bankruptcy offers relief from overwhelming debt. If your debt has overwhelmed your resources, consider talking to a local bankruptcy attorney for professional advice. You have more options than you think!

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