NH bankruptcies rose in September
30 percent jump from 2021 was first annual increase since pandemic began
New Hampshire bankruptcy filings jumped substantially in September compared to last year – the first year-over-year increase since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020.
The 62 bankruptcies recorded in September matches the number filed in August, but it was 30 percent higher than the 48 filed in September 2021. September’s 62 filings is one shy of the highest monthly total (there were 63 in March) so far this year.
One reason for the uptick could be that wages are not keeping up with inflation. The unemployment rate remained at a record low 2 percent in August, and wages rose 2.9 percent annually, and that down from a 4.2 percent increase in July. Meanwhile, the inflation rate was 7.4 percent in August, slightly above the 7.3 percent in July.
But, considered from a historical perspective, bankruptcy filings remain relatively low. The average number of filings so far this year is 54, 11.5 percent lower than last year, though the decline isn’t nearly as large as in 2021, when it was 31 percent lower than the year before, or 2020, when the average monthly filings was 41 percent lower than 2019.
There were no business-related filings in June or July. There was one in August and there were three in September, though two were personal filings with business debt. The one business that did file Chapter 11, to reorganize debt. It was Arete Rehabilitation Inc. of Salem, Sept. 28. It reported assets of $500,000 to $1 million and liabilities of $1 million to $10 million.