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Around the country people are starting to feel the effects of slow, but consistent recovery from the Great Recession. One city that is experiencing some signs of relief is Houston, TX. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate in Houston dropped to 5.8% in November of 2012, significantly lower than the national average1, with the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area adding 85,300 new jobs in the 12 months ending in November of 20122. While this is indeed good news, many Houstonians aren’t yet benefiting from this job market recovery.
17% of Houston residents live below the poverty line and the median household income is 3.5% lower than the national average3. Our own internal data shows that those residents seeking debt consolidation in Houston, without resorting to a loan, reported an 8% increase in the number of creditors they owed in 2012. On average, Houston residents also owe about 1% more than other Texans. Additionally, the foreclosure rate in Houston is still the second highest in the state4.
The providers of CareOne Debt Relief Services® understand that when faced with tough financial obstacles like these, it’s easy to fall back on credit cards and unsecured loans to help pay for day-to-day expenses. Many of us at CareOne, including our founder Bernie Dancel, have been in your shoes and have felt the stress that comes along with realizing that your accounts have become unmanageable. If you’re looking for help with debt consolidation in Houston and don’t want to take out another loan, we want you to know that there is a better way out of debt and we can help.
Our Certified Personal Finance Counselors® will provide a free analysis of your accounts and your debt and then walk you through all your available options. Together we’ll help you choose a relief plan that works for you so you can get on track to achieving your financial goals.