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U.S. consumer debt up $16.2 billion in January

WASHINGTON – Americans stepped up borrowing in January to buy cars and attend school, while staying cautious about using their credit cards.

The Federal Reserve says consumer borrowing rose $16.2 billion in January from December to a total of $2.8 trillion. That's the highest level on record.

A category that covers student loans and auto loans grew $16 billion following an $18.3 billion gain in December.

Consumers barely increased credit card debt in January, when higher Social Security taxes lowered take-home pay for most workers.

A measure of credit card debt rose only $106.1 million. That followed a $3.2 billion drop in December. Credit card debt remains 17.2 percent below the peak set in June 2008.

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