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What is the Total US Government Spending?

In FY 2017, total US government spending, federal, state, and local, is “guesstimated” to be $6.89 trillion, with federal $4.15 trillion; state $1.63 trillion; local $1.81 trillion.

US Government Spending Totals in percent GDP

Total government spending in the United States combines spending by federal, state, and local governments.

Total government spending includes:
Federal Gross Spending
 less Intergovernmental transfers from federal to state and local
 plus State government Direct Spending
 plus Local government Direct Spending.


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Total Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2011   +1yr +5yr


 Federal Gross Spending    23% GDP   
 Intergovernmental    -4% GDP   
 State Direct Spending    10% GDP   
 Local Direct Spending    11% GDP   
 Total Spending    40% GDP   
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Spending Key:
Federal spending: actual, as reported by the Office of Management and Budget.
State spending: actual, as reported by the US Bureau of the Census.
Local spending: actual, as reported by the US Bureau of the Census.

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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and measuringworth.com.

Detailed table of spending data sources here.

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 2011:

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 Deficit and Outlay Actuals for FY16

On October 14, 2016, the US Treasury reported in its Monthly Treasury Statement (and xls) for September that the federal deficit for FY 2016 ending September 30 was $587 billion. Here are the numbers, including total receipts, total outlays, and deficit compared with the numbers projected in the FY 2017 federal budget published in February 2016:

Federal Finances
FY 2016 Outcomes
Budget
billions
Outcome
billions
Receipts $3,336$3,267
Outlays$3,951$3,854
Deficit$616$587

usfederalbudget.us now shows the new numbers for total FY 2016 outlays and receipts on its Estimate vs. Actual page.

The Monthly Treasury Statement includes ""Table 4: Receipts of the United States Government, September 2015 and Other Periods." This table of receipts by source is used for usgovernmentspending.com to post federal receipt actuals for FY 2016.

The Monthly Treasury Statement includes "Table 9. Summary of Receipts by Source, and Outlays by Function of the U.S. Government, September 2016 and Other Periods".   This table of outlays by function makes it possible for usgovernmentspending.com to estimate actual outlays by "subfunction" for FY 2016 by factoring budgeted amounts by the difference between budgeted and actual "function" amounts where actual outlays by subfunction cannot be gleaned from the Monthly Treasury Statement.

Final detailed FY 2016 numbers will not appear on usgovernmentspending.com until the FY 2018 federal budget is published in February 2017 with the actual outlays for FY 2016 in Historical Table 3.2--Outlays by Function and Subfunction.

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