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Where student loans are most delinquent

May 17, 2013: 8:04 AM ET

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Nearly 12% of student loans are at least 90 days delinquent, according to new federal data. But borrowers in some states are having more trouble paying their loans than their peers elsewhere.

West Virginia has the highest share of delinquent loan balances, at 17.8%, while South Dakota has the lowest, at 6.6%, according to the latest quarterly data from the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

Related: Class of 2013 grads average $35,200 in loans, credit card debt

The swift growth in student debt and delinquencies has come into the spotlight in recent years. Student loans were the only type of debt that continued to increase during the Great Recession.

Outstanding student loan balances increased by $20 billion during the first quarter of 2013, to a total of $986 billion as of March 31. Some 16.2% of Americans have student loans and carry an average balance of $24,810.

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