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Published: Saturday, 7/21/2012

Ohioans rank high in payday-loan-use study

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

About 1 in 10 Ohioans used payday loans in the past five years, according to a report released Friday by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Safe Small-Dollar Loans Research Project.

The figures are based on a survey that found 12 million Americans used a storefront or online payday loan in 2010.

It said Ohioans visit check-cashing stores and Web sites more than residents in all but three states — Missouri, Oklahoma, and Washington — for which sufficient survey results were available.

It also said states that prohibit check-cashing stores have lower rates of lending than those such as Ohio with less-restrictive laws.

Nationally, 5.5 percent of adults have used payday loans, mostly to cover everyday bills such as rent and utilities rather than unanticipated expenses, the study said.



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