Credit Card Debt Increased by $8 Billion in May

Credit Card Debt Increased by $8 Billion in May

July 10, 2012         Written By Bill Hardekopf

Americans put more on their credit cards in May than in any single month since November 2007 (the month before the recession began). Credit card debt jumped by $8 billion and the level of outstanding debt is now $870 billion, still far below the level in 2007 and 2008, when outstanding credit card debt was more than $1 trillion (Federal Reserve).

The increase in debt may be a reflection of the economy as families still struggle with unemployment and stagnant wages. The recession began almost five years ago, but consumers remain cautious with credit card debt as delinquency and defaults rates continue to fall.

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The information contained within this article was accurate as of July 10, 2012. For up-to-date
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Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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