Bankruptcy Filings Ticked Downward In Parts of South, But Rose 9 Percent Overall : Planet Money For the year to date, seven states have 25 percent or more bankruptcy filings than they did in the same period in 2009.

Bankruptcy Filings Ticked Downward In Parts of South, But Rose 9 Percent Overall

Ada Noda, a bankrupt Floridian, with her puppy, Lolita. Jake Roth/AP hide caption

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Let's start with the good news. Consumer bankruptcy filings ticked down in a handful of Southeastern states in July, the Wall Street Journal's Sara Murray reports.

But for the nation overall, bankruptcy filings rose 9 percent in July compared to a year earlier, according to new data from the National Bankruptcy Research Center.

For the year to date, seven states have 25 percent or more bankruptcy filings than they did in the same period in 2009, a chart accompanying the article shows. Those states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia had fewer bankruptcy filings year-to-date than they did in the same period a year ago.