The Administrative Office of the US Courts claims that mounting consumer debt has contributed to the figures. Personal bankruptcy cases accounted for 97.6% of all US bankruptcy cases.
And despite a spate of high-profile corporate bankruptcy filings, business bankruptcies declined by 4%, to 38,540.
The US consumer debt behind the increases rose to an all-time high of $1.7 trillion (£1,000bn), with revolving debt accounting for $711bn of that amount.
Steve Absolom and Will Wright from KPMG Restructuring have been appointed joint administrators to City Motor Holdings and associated companies
Partners from Johnston Carmichael have been appointed as joint administrators to Axon Well Interventions Products UK
Begbies Traynor have been appointed administrators of William Anelay Ltd, York, one of Britain’s longest-established construction and heritage restoration companies
Smith & Williamson has been appointed administrators of charity 4Children