Jobs in Modesto Up in November, But Many Still Seeking Bankruptcy Protection

December 9, 2011

Finally some good news on the economy.

CNNMoney reports that in November, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent, the lowest rate since March 2009. In that month, a net of 120,000 jobs were created.

For many people in Modesto, while finding work is a great thing, a long time without a job has them in major debt. With few alternatives, many people have used credit cards to get by but are not getting ahead in paying off the debt. By making minimum payments or no payments, the consumer is put in a bad position.
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This is when fees and high interest rates kick in, and companies continue to look for ways to keep consumers in debt with them. But for many, they have broken free from that downward spiral by considering bankruptcy in Modesto.

Credit card companies have used advertising campaigns and other means to make Americans believe that bankruptcy is a bad thing. That's because for them, it is bad. For consumers, it's good. Our Modesto bankruptcy lawyers know that consumers can benefit from these consumers laws.

Rather than toil in frustration, stress and debt, a consumer can shed the debt that has caused their life to be difficult and at the same time, shield themselves from creditors who are harassing them.

But for many, the new numbers mean they may be able to break free from that cycle. According to the CNN report, the decline in unemployment was better than some experts predicted. Some believed there would be about 110,000 jobs added. While the private sector added 140,000 jobs, government cut 20,000 jobs.

The jump in jobs is noticeable, though. In September and October combined, only 72,000 jobs were added. A majority of the November hires, not surprisingly, were in retail -- 50,000 and another 22,000 jobs in hospitality, like restaurants and hotels. But the U.S. Department of Labor reported that it adjusts its numbers to take into consideration seasonal trends.

Still, there is room for improvement. There are 13.3 million people who are unemployed and less than 1/3 of the 8.8 million jobs that have been lost in recent years have been recovered. Nearly half -- 43 percent -- of people looking for work have been doing so for more than six months.

This shows that many more people are still struggling. While the news is encouraging, it's only a start. For people who are still looking for work, they may have come to a point where there simply do not have any source of funds to pay their debts. They have sold assets, cut back on their lifestyle and still searched for work unsuccessfully. The bills have piled up and there is no way to pay.

For these people, filing for bankruptcy could be beneficial. Rather than dealing with creditors who call you every day, filing immediately stops them from calling. Most important, bankruptcy clears your debt and can also save your house from foreclosure in Modesto. If you are in a position of considering bankruptcy, set up a free consultation with a skilled Modesto bankruptcy lawyer today.

If you or someone you know needs to speak to an experienced and knowledgeable bankruptcy lawyer in Modesto or Stockton, contact the Law Offices of Robert J. Anaya for a free and confidential appointment. Call today 1-209-522-7500.

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Additional Resources:

November jobs report: Hiring up, unemployment down, by Annalyn Censky, CNNMoney