For many people in Oregon struggling with insurmountable debt, student loans may comprise a significant portion of the overall burden. Across the country, over 44 million people collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, forming the second-highest category of consumer debt. While home mortgages continue to take the lead, student loans outweigh credit card obligations for Americans nationwide. Despite the significant cost of student loan debt, it is one of the most difficult forms of obligation to discharge in bankruptcy.
In Oregon and throughout the country, older Americans are filing for bankruptcy at a higher rate than their younger counterparts. Part of the reason is that government benefit programs such as Social Security are replacing a lower portion of a worker's income after retirement. At the same time, health care costs are going up, which can further strain the finances of someone 65 or older.
It is a day in January that has been calculated to be so depressing, it not only has been designated as the most depressing day of the year, but it has its own name. It is known as Blue Monday. That day this year falls on Monday, January 19.