American people and their businesses filed 32% more bankruptcy cases in 2009 than in 2008. Last year was the seventh worse on record with about 1.43 million cases filed.
The spike in filings was sharpest in Arizona where the number of cases filed in 2009 rose 77% over last year. Wyoming cases rose 60%, Nevada 59% and California 58%. Pennsylvania is near the bottom of the list with a 14% increase. MSNBC.com sports a cool map of the US showing percentage increases by state.