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Consumer bankruptcies per 1,000 adults, 1989–2011

Note: Shaded areas denote recessions.

Source:  Authors' analysis of bankruptcy statistics from the American Bankruptcy Institute (various years) and labor force statistics from the Current Population Survey

Updated August 24, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Data on bankruptcies are American Bankruptcy Institute Annual and Quarterly U.S. Bankruptcy Statistics, “Annual Business and Non-business Filings by Year” ( Data on the adult population are calculated with labor force statistics from the Current Population Survey, Civilian Non-institutional Population Series, Ages 18 and Over.


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