Bankruptcy Petitions Filed and Pending, by Type and Chapter: 1985 to 2006

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 751):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 27 rows and 24 columns.

For years ending June 30. Covers only bankruptcy cases filed under the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978. Bankruptcy: legal recognition that a company or individual is insolvent and must restructure or liquidate. Petitions “filed” means the commencement of a proceeding through the presentation of a petition to the clerk of the court; “pending” is a proceeding in which the administration has not been completed


  1. Business bankruptcies include those filed under chapters 7, 9, 11,
    or 12.
  2. Includes Section 304 petitions not shown separately.
  3. Chapter 7, liquidation of non-exempt assets of businesses or
  4. Chapter 11, individual or business reorganization.
  5. Chapter 13, adjustment of debts of an individual with regular income.
  6. Chapter 9, adjustment of debts of a municipality.
  7. Chapter 12, adjustment of debts of a family farmer with regular
    income, effective November 26, 1986.
  8. Chapter 11 U.S.C., Section 304, cases ancillary to foreign proceedings.
  9. Chapter 15 was added and Section 304 was terminated by changes in the Bankruptcy Laws effective October 17, 2005.


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