November Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Drop 70 Percent from Previous Year, Total Filings Decrease 15 Percent

November Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Drop 70 Percent from Previous Year, Total Filings Decrease 15 Percent

Alexandria, Va. The 195 commercial chapter 11 filings in November 2021 represented a 70 percent decrease from the 654 filings in November 2020, according to data provided by Epiq. Commercial bankruptcy filings as a whole totaled 1,565 in November 2021, a 33 percent decrease from the 2,345 commercial filings in November 2020. The 29,325 total bankruptcies in November 2021 were down 15 percent from the 34,486 filings in November 2020. Similarly, consumer bankruptcies decreased 14 percent in November 2021, as the 27,760 filings dropped from the 32,141 consumer filings registered in November 2020.

“Bankruptcies are on pace this year to record their lowest annual total since the mid-1980s due to a number of factors, including pandemic relief programs, lender forbearances and low interest rates,” said ABI Executive Director Amy Quackenboss. “As the calendar turns to 2022, the expiration of relief programs, rising inflation and supply chain challenges have created economic headwinds for consumers and businesses. Bankruptcy provides struggling families and companies with an established course for navigating financial difficulty.”

The 373,312 total bankruptcies through the first 11 months of 2021 are on pace to result in the lowest annual filing total since the 412,510 filings recorded in calendar year 1985. Experts will gather at ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference starting on Thursday to look at a number of key bankruptcy and restructuring issues facing the industry, including an economic outlook for 2022. Members of the press interested in attending sessions virtually should contact ABI Public Affairs Officer John Hartgen.

Commercial chapter 11 filings in November 2021 represented a 34 percent decrease from the 295 filings recorded in October 2021. Total filings for November decreased 7 percent compared to the 31,483 total filings in October 2021. Total noncommercial filings for November also decreased 7 percent from the October 2021 noncommercial filing total of 29,701. November’s commercial filing total represented a 12 percent decrease from the October 2021 commercial filing total of 1,782.

The average nationwide per capita bankruptcy filing rate (total filings per 1,000 population) was 1.31 for the first 11 calendar months of 2021 (Jan. 1-Nov. 30), a slight decrease from the 1.33 rate registered during the first 10 months of the year. The average daily filing total in November 2021 was 1,543, a 15 percent decrease from the 1,815 total daily filings registered in November 2020. States with the highest per capita filing rates (total filings per 1,000 population) through the first 11 months of 2021 were:

1. Alabama (3.14)

2. Nevada (2.62)

3. Tennessee (2.43)

4. Indiana (2.22)

5. Georgia (2.12)

For further information about the statistics or additional requests, please contact ABI Public Affairs Officer John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or [email protected].


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 11,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit

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