Budget surplus of the U.S. government from 2012 to 2018, by quarter (in trillion U.S. dollars)

U.S. government - budget surplus by quarter 2018 This graph shows the total net lending or borrowing of the U.S. government from 2012 to 2018 by quarter. In the third quarter of 2018, the U.S. government's budget balance amounted to a net borrowing of about 1.33 trillion U.S. dollars.
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Surplus in trillion U.S. dollars
Q3 '18-1.33
Q2 '18-1.35
Q1 '18-1.3
Q4 '17-0.15
Q3 '17-1.07
Q2 '17-1.03
Q1 '17-1.02
Q4 '16-1.02
Q3 '16-1.01
Q2 '16-0.98
Q1 '16-1
Q4 '15-0.8
Q3 '15-0.97
Q2 '15-0.79
Q1 '15-0.86
Q4 '14-0.94
Q3 '14-0.94
Q2 '14-0.89
Q1 '14-0.9
Q4 '13 -0.89
Q3 '13 -1.07
Q2 '13 -0.88
Q1 '13 -1.14
Q4 '12 -1.46
Q3 '12 -1.48
Q2 '12 -1.53
Q1 '12 -1.56
Surplus in trillion U.S. dollars
Q3 '18-1.33
Q2 '18-1.35
Q1 '18-1.3
Q4 '17-0.15
Q3 '17-1.07
Q2 '17-1.03
Q1 '17-1.02
Q4 '16-1.02
Q3 '16-1.01
Q2 '16-0.98
Q1 '16-1
Q4 '15-0.8
Q3 '15-0.97
Q2 '15-0.79
Q1 '15-0.86
Q4 '14-0.94
Q3 '14-0.94
Q2 '14-0.89
Q1 '14-0.9
Q4 '13 -0.89
Q3 '13 -1.07
Q2 '13 -0.88
Q1 '13 -1.14
Q4 '12 -1.46
Q3 '12 -1.48
Q2 '12 -1.53
Q1 '12 -1.56
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This graph shows the total net lending or borrowing of the U.S. government from 2012 to 2018 by quarter. In the third quarter of 2018, the U.S. government's budget balance amounted to a net borrowing of about 1.33 trillion U.S. dollars.
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Release date
December 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2012 to 2018
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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