Credit cards may seem like a helpful tool to many Ohio residents who sometimes need time to make ends meet. However, many individuals may not keep their consumer debt in check. As a result, they could face considerable financial troubles. State residents are not alone in such issues, and economic improvements could lead to more individuals facing debt.

It was recently reported that consumer debt is facing record high numbers. At the end of 2014, personal debt reached $57 billion, which was considered a historic high. Additionally, the average amount of household debt currently figures at approximately $7,200. This amount is the highest it has been in six years, according to reports. 

Though these numbers may speak to the improvement of the economy since the recession, they may also indicate a spending problem for much of America. Many individuals may suffer as a result of overwhelming debt. Parties who have accumulated thousands of dollars in debt are likely also facing considerable interest on that debt and may find that they are unable to pay back their balances on their own.

Though consumer debt can be difficult to handle once it reaches a considerable amount, Ohio residents do have options for debt relief. Bankruptcy may be able to help qualified parties examine their financial state and determine how to work toward handling personal debt. Information on the types of bankruptcy and ways to manage debt may helped concerned residents who are feeling stressed and overwhelmed by their current state of financial affairs.

Source: mysuncoast.com, “American households have the highest credit card debt since recession”, Omar Etman, June 23, 2015