Consumer bankruptcies soared 41% from the previous September and climbed from August, as high unemployment and the housing market crash took their toll, the American Bankruptcy Institute said Friday.
September filings totaled 124,790, the fourth-highest month since the bankruptcy law changed in 2005.
Filings also rose 4% from August, even as recent reports indicated the housing market might be stabilizing and consumer confidence appears to be recovering.
September's filings pushed 2009 consumer bankruptcies to 1.05 million, the highest for the first nine months of a year since 1.35 million in 2005.
The American Bankruptcy Institute said it expects consumer bankruptcies to climb to more than 1.4 million this year.
The U.S. unemployment rate rose to a 26-year high in September at 9.8%, according to government statistics released on Friday.