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South Sound personal bankruptcy filings continue to rise

South Sound personal bankruptcy filings continued an upward trend in the first quarter of the year, rising in both Thurston and Pierce counties, according to data compiled by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington.

Thurston County filings rose 16 percent to 349 from 300 in the same period last year, while filings in Pierce County rose less than 1 percent, the data show. Although the percentage change in filings for Pierce County wasn't as dramatic, the total number of filings was much higher. Pierce County filings rose to 1,237 in the first quarter from 1,229 in the same period last year, the data show.

Thurston County bankruptcy filings rose 10 percent to 1,270 in 2010 from 2009. Total filings in Western Washington last year also rose 10 percent to 26,877 from 24,255 in 2009, data show.

For more on this story, see Friday's Olympian.

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