From the American Bankers Association:
A record wave of job losses is being cited as a major factor in a record rate of consumer delinquencies in the first quarter of 2009, according to the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin.
More than two million Americans lost their jobs in the first three months of the year with more than 6 million jobs lost since the recession began. The composite ratio, which tracks delinquencies in eight closed-end installment loan categories, rose to 3.23 percent of all accounts (seasonally adjusted) compared to 3.22 percent of all accounts in the previous quarter.
The delinquent balances on those accounts also rose from 3.16 percent to 3.35 percent of total balances due (not seasonally adjusted). The ABA report defines a delinquency as a late payment that is 30 days or more overdue.