Step One: Select the state and the years you want to chart.
US or individual state:
US or State: By default, the chart shows overall United States government spending. But you can select spending for individual states by selecting the state dropdown control in the table heading.
Start Year: End Year:
Note: First year of available data for individual states is 1992.
If you want to chart data for a single year, go to the Numbers page. If you want a pie chart, go to the Pie Chart page.
Step Two: Select the data you want to chart.
(Up to five allowed)
(Click on dropdown to select the spending function you want)
Data Series: Select a spending series you want to chart from a dropdown on the left. If you select on the bottom dropdown you will add a data series (up to a maximum of five). The right-hand dropdown allows you to replace a data series with a more narrowly focused series. Click the X link to remove a data series from the chart.
Step Three: Select the chart characteristics.
Bar chart or line chart:
Line/Bar: By default, the data series are displayed as line charts. But you can also select a bar chart.
Stacked chart (or not):
Data Stack: By default, the data series are stacked when displayed on the chart. But you can change the setting to un stack the data series.
Chart Size: By default, the chart is displayed at medium size. But you can use the dropdown control to change the size.
small = 300x200, thin = 350x230, medium = 390x250, large = 550x300
Color or black-and-white:
Color: By default charts are displayed with color data lines and fill. You can change this to grayscale if you want.
Step Four: Display your chart.
Dont worry. You can add functions or change things later.
People naturally assume that the annual Deficit is the total that the Federal government borrows each year. Actually this is not so. The Deficit is simply the difference between Federal Outlays and Federal Receipts. Usually, the Feds borrow a lot more than the official Deficit.
Like below, in $ billion:
We have provided the difference between the Debt increase and the Deficit for each year under "Other Borrowings" on the Spending Details page. To Recap:
Other Borrowings = (Increase in Federal Debt) - (Official Deficit)