The credit card delinquency rate (borrowers 90 days or more delinquent on one or more of their credit cards) dropped to 1.10% percent in the third quarter of 2009, down 6 basis points from the previous quarter. Year over year, credit card delinquencies remained essentially flat from 1.09% in the third quarter of 2008.
Credit card delinquency was highest in Nevada (1.98%), Florida (1.47%) and Arizona (1.35%). Credit card delinquency rates were lowest in North Dakota (0.66%), South Dakota (0.70%) and Alaska (0.73%).
Average credit card borrower debt decreased to $5,612 from the previous quarter’s $5,719, and $5,710 for the third quarter of 2008.
“At end of the 2001 recession, the national bankcard delinquency rate had increased to a high of 1.69% as that recession came to a close (in November of 2001),” said Ezra Becker, with Transunion.
The slight declines in credit card debt are an encouraging sign that more people are taking the right action to eliminate their credit card debt.
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