In 1902 governments in the United States spent nothing on pensions programs. In the early 21st century, governments spend over 6.5 percent of GDP on pensions programs.
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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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Source: CBO Long-Term Budget Outlook .