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Credit News Roundup: Credit Card Use Up, Delinquencies Down in May 2013

Some interesting news out today regarding credit cards and the economy at large, as numbers from May trickle in. According to USA Today (via statistics from the Federal Reserve), credit card usage - and balances - were up considerably from May to April.

According to the report, revolving credit (which is largely made up of credit card debt) rose $6.6 billion in the United states from May to April. Wait, more credit card debt - that's bad, right?

Well as it turns out, not necessarily. A willingness to carry a balance could actually show greater consumer confidence in the economy which, according to the Consumer Confidence Index, rose a full 8 points from June to May. It didn't hurt that over that time Wall Street stocks was up and the economy added some 195,000 new jobs in May.

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The additional credit card debt added by American consumers might be more troublesome if there weren't additional news - as reported on by CNNMoney - that credit card delinquencies continued to fall in Q1 of 2013. Using numbers released by American Bankers Association, CNN reported that delinquency payments on bank-issued credit cards dropped to 2.41 percent between January and March, 2013. 

2.41 percent is the lowest rate of delinquency since 1990, and is less than half of the all-time high of 5.01 percent set during the dark recession days of 2009. It was also good news for additional forms of debt - including installment loans like student loans and car loans - which also saw a drop in delinquencies in Quarter 1.

So how do Americans keep the good momentum up when it comes to making on-time, monthly payments on their credit cards? A brighter jobs picture is crucial, but there's no doubt that many consumers affected by the Great Recession - directly or indirectly - have learned a lesson about keeping debt at low levels and not allowing default payments to ruin their credit.

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Jason Bushey is the former Editor and Vice President of Creditnet. Jason is a Burlington, Vermont native who moved to sunny San Diego after earning a Bachelor's Degree in English and Political Science at the University of Vermont ('09). When he's not sharing his take on credit cards, administrating the Creditnet Forum or blogging about all things related to credit, you can probably find him cheering on the Green Bay Packers (He's an owner!) or running up and down the streets of SoCal.

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