Are bankruptcy filings increasing or decreasing?

by Aaron Nielson

Are bankruptcy filings increasing or decreasing?

This is a common question I receive. Are more people filing bankruptcy now or has it slowed down? The number of cases filed each month isn’t a secret. The courts publish the number every month and they break it down by date, chapter and location.

For my district in Western Washington here are the numbers as listed on their website:

United States Bankruptcy Court

Western District of Washington

Filing Statistics Analysis

Calendar Year 2010 vs. 2011

Chapter Seattle Tacoma Total

Chapter 7 2010 2011 % 2010 2011 % 2010 2011 %

January 764 815 6.68 551 607 10.16 1315 1422 8.14

February 982 906 (7.74) 658 561 (14.74) 1640 1467 (10.55)

March 1180 1226 3.90 931 862 (7.41) 2111 2088 (1.09)

April 1078 1175 9.00 819 711 (13.19) 1897 1886 (0.58)

May 978 1065 8.90 712 763 7.16 1690 1828 8.17

June 1031 1092 5.92 715 696 (2.66) 1746 1788 2.41

July 1084 960 (11.44) 775 661 (14.71) 1859 1621 (12.8)

August 1083 1083 0.00 698 678 (2.87) 1781 1761 (1.12)

September 1066 939 (11.91) 715 665 (6.99) 1781 1604 (9.94)

Totals 9246 9261 0.16 6574 6204 (5.63) 15820 15465 (2.24)

Chapter 13 2010 2011 % 2010 2011 % 2010 2011 %

January 223 249 11.66 162 197 21.60 385 446 15.84

February 278 285 2.52 180 212 17.78 458 497 8.52

March 268 344 28.36 190 248 30.53 458 592 29.26

April 275 252 (8.36) 184 193 4.89 459 445 (3.05)

May 285 303 6.32 193 186 (3.63) 478 489 2.30

June 297 286 (3.7) 214 193 (9.81) 511 479 (6.26)

July 338 293 (13.31) 233 165 (29.18) 571 458 (19.79)

August 311 237 (23.79) 179 187 4.47 490 424 (13.47)

September 294 260 (11.56) 225 172 (23.56) 519 432 (16.76)

Totals 2569 2509 (2.34) 1760 1753 (0.4) 4329 4262 (1.55)

As you can see the overall numbers for filings are down a small amount from 2010 to 2011 in the Seattle / Tacoma area. For the YTD in Seattle the Chapter 7 filings were 9246 in 2010 and now up just 15 more cases to 9261 2011. The filings for Tacoma and for chapter 13s were down a few percent.

The numbers can be interesting but everyone needs to do what is best for themselves. While filings seem to have slowed down a little I’ve talked to many people that are expecting a jump in filings as banks try to recoup losses from some of the foreclosures and other bad debts.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Aaron Nielson, Law Office of Aaron Nielson | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Aaron Nielson

Law Office of Aaron Nielson on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.


JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at:

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.