Instead, card debt has actually gone down since the pandemic struck, with many consumers spending less while using bailout money to chip away at balances.
But that may not last. Even if Congress passes a new rescue package with more unemployment benefits, the cumulative effect of the ongoing economic catastrophe may finally trigger that default deluge, a new survey reveals. More than half of consumers with credit card debt said they will need more bailout money to make minimum payments over the next three months, but about the same number said employment will be more critical to avoiding default.
And right now, roughly 30 million Americans are claiming unemployment benefits.