The federal bankruptcy courts publish detailed statistics on bankruptcy filings. California has four federal judicial districts, with Fresno located in the Eastern District.
The 2011-2014 bankruptcy filings for the Eastern District of California show a substantial decline, as shown in this table:
|E.D. Cal. total filings||Chapter 7 cases
||Chapter 11 cases
||Chapter 12 cases
||Chapter 13 cases
What does this mean for the future? Hard to tell, as the Central Valley remains in the grip of a years-long drought. Agricultural revenues will remain depressed, which will not help the local economy.