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Social Security OASI Outlays
Fiscal Years 1935 to 2019
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Old Age Survivor Ins (OASI) -fed
$ billion nominal
193574.3127.6050.00
193684.9128.5040.00
193793129.4100.00a
193887.4130.3210.01a
193993.5131.2400.01a
1940102.9132.1650.03a
1941129.4133.9660.09a
1942166135.7920.14a
1943203.1137.6430.18a
1944224.6139.5190.22a
1945228.2141.4210.27a
1946227.8143.3490.36a
1947249.9145.3030.47a
1948274.8147.2830.56a
1949272.8149.2910.66a
1950300.2151.3260.78a
1951347.3153.9171.57a
1952367.7156.5522.07a
1953389.7159.2322.72a
1954391.1161.9583.37a
1955426.2164.7314.44a
1956450.1167.5515.49a
1957474.9170.4206.67a
1958482173.3378.04a
1959522.5176.3059.38a
1960543.3179.32311.07a
1961563.3181.58811.73a
1962605.1183.88113.28a
1963638.6186.20414.53a
1964685.8188.55515.28a
1965743.7190.93715.97a
1966815193.34818.77a
1967861.7195.79019.73a
1968942.5198.26321.62a
19691019.9200.76624.69a
19701075.9203.30227.32a
19711167.8205.51532.27a
19721282.4207.75235.85a
19731428.5210.01343.62a
19741548.8212.29949.48a
19751688.9214.60956.68a
19761877.6216.94564.30a
19772086219.30773.48a
19782356.6221.69481.21a
19792632.1224.10790.13a
19802862.5226.546103.23a
19813211228.670122.30a
19823345230.815137.93a
19833638.1232.979153.99a
19844040.7235.164162.41a
19854346.7237.369171.61a
19864590.2239.595179.57a
19874870.2241.842186.78a
19885252.6244.110197.90a
19895657.7246.399210.14a
19905979.6248.710224.47a
19916174251.802243.77a
19926539.3254.933256.29a
19936878.7258.103269.96a
19947308.8261.312281.59a
19957664.1264.561294.47a
19968100.2267.850305.46a
19978608.5271.180318.57a
19989089.2274.552329.77a
19999660.6277.966337.92a
200010284.8281.422353.43a
200110621.8284.184373.04a
200210977.5286.974389.58a
200311510.7289.790402.70a
200412274.9292.635417.31a
200513093.7295.507436.83a
200613855.9298.145461.06a
200714477.6300.807486.31a
200814718.6303.492509.92a
200914418.7306.202551.66a
201014964.4309.348579.93a
201115517.9311.663599.37a
201216155.3313.998634.73a
201316663.2316.205670.59a
201417348.1318.563705.93a
201517947320.897741.46a
201618472323.128769.81a
201719302.8325.374820.01b
201820129.6327.636873.31b
201921012.6329.914931.56b

Legend:
a - actual reported
b - budgeted estimate in US FY18 budget

Data Sources for 1935:
GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970

Data Sources for 2019:
GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

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Federal spending data begins in 1792.

State and local spending data begins in 1890.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Data Sources for 1935_2019:

Sources for 1935:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970

Sources for 2019:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

> data sources for other years
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The Feds Borrow More Than The "Deficit"

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:

YearGross
Debt
Debt
Increase
Federal
Deficit
Other
Borrow
2000562924-236259
20057905551318232
20101352916531294359
20111476412351300-64
20121605112871087200
201316719669680-11
2014177951075485590
201518120326438-113
2016195371417587830

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)

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