Budget surplus of the U.S. government from 2010 to 2016, by quarter (in trillion U.S. dollars)

This graph shows the total net lending or borrowing of the U.S. government from 2010 to 2016, by quarter. In the first quarter of 2016, the U.S. government's budget balance amounted to a net borrowing of about 937 billion U.S. dollars.

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 Surplus in trillion U.S. dollars
Q1 '10 -1.88
Q2 '10 -1.9
Q3 '10 -1.77
Q4 '10 -1.73
Q1 '11 -1.64
Q2 '11 -1.73
Q3 '11 -1.66
Q4 '11 -1.64
Q1 '12 -1.49
Q2 '12 -1.47
Q3 '12 -1.42
Q4 '12 -1.4
Q1 '13 -1.07
Q2 '13 -0.79
Q3 '13 -0.99
Q4 '13 -0.81
Q1 '14 -0.83
Q2 '14 -0.84
Q3 '14 -0.86
Q4 '14 -0.88
Q1 '15 -0.76
Q2 '15 -0.73
Q3 '15 -0.9
Q4 '15 -0.74
Q1 '16 -0.94
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