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Little change in midstate business bankruptcy filings

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Business bankruptcy filings stayed mostly flat in the midstate over the past 12 months, according to data released last week.

According to data from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, there were 1,080 midstate business bankruptcy filings in the 12-month period that ended March 31. In the previous 12-month period, there were 1,075.

The statistics include business bankruptcy filings in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

Lancaster County saw the highest increase, up 31.9 percent to 211 business bankruptcy filings from April 2013 to March 31. Lebanon County saw a 26.6 percent increase, and Dauphin was up 2.4 percent.

Cumberland County was down 22.5 percent, and York was down 7.6 percent.

York County had the highest number of filings at 353, representing about 32.7 percent of the midstate's filings. Dauphin had the next highest at 294.

The office releases business bankruptcy filings by county only for 12-month periods, according to Karen Redmond, a public information officer for the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. However, in Pennsylvania's Middle District of U.S. Bankruptcy Court, filings also have remained flat through the first three months of the year. In January, there were 18 filings in the district, in February there were 15, and in March there were 19.

The Middle District includes Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and York counties. Lancaster County is part of the Eastern District.

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