Report: 128K people took out 1M payday loans in SC

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A new report shows that nearly 128,000 people took out more than 1 million payday loans in South Carolina last year.

The chairman of the House Labor Commerce and Industry Committee says the report released Wednesday shows a 2009 state law has stopped the rampant abuse and misuse of the two-week loans.

But critics contend the restrictions didn't go far enough, and the industry still traps poor people in a cycle of debt.

The law limited the number of loans to one at a time, up to $550 each, and created an online database to track the loans.

Reports based on that database show borrowers took out 9 percent fewer loans in 2013, compared with 2010. Before the law, the number of loans taken out exceeded 4 million a year.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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