Budget surplus of the U.S. government from 2011 to 2017, by quarter (in trillion U.S. dollars)

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Surplus in trillion U.S. dollars
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 '14-0.87
Q1 '15-0.77
Q2 '15-0.72
Q3 '15-0.9
Q4 '15-0.74
Q1 '16-0.95
Q2 '16-0.92
Q3 '16-0.91
Q4 '16-0.95
Q1 '17-0.91
Q2 '17-0.91

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This graph shows the total net lending or borrowing of the U.S. government from 2011 to 2017 by quarter. In the second quarter of 2017, the U.S. government's budget balance amounted to a net borrowing of about 907 billion U.S. dollars.
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Release date
August 2017
United States
Survey time period
2011 to 2017
Supplementary notes
The data are in seasonally adjusted U.S. dollars at annual rates.
Budget surplus=total receipts (current receipts + capital transfer receipts) - total expenditures (current expenditures + gross government investment + capital transfer payments + net purchases of non-produced assets - consumption of fixed capital).

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