U.S. Federal Government Budget as a Percent of GDP Over Time
1) This chart was created from historical tables included in the U.S. Federal Government fiscal year 2011 budget. The federal
government adjusted its fiscal year one calendar quarter (3 months) during 1976, creating a 'transition quarter,' which has been
neglected in this chart.
2) The chart shows the total federal budget, or how much it spent during each fiscal year - from 1962 to 2009, with projections
through 2015, as a percentage of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or the total economic output of the United States.
3) Gross Domestic Product numbers were also collected from historical tables included in the fiscal 2011 U.S. Federal
4) From this chart, one can see that the U.S. Federal Government budget has varied between a low of about 17% of GDP in the
mid-1960s to a peak of about 23% of GDP in the early 1980s, then a large surge to nearly 25% with a projection to peak at
slightly above 25% in 2010 and return to about 23% in 2015.
5) See also U.S. Federal Government Budget Over Time.
6) See also U.S. Federal Government Budget per U.S. Resident Over Time.
7) See also U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Over Time.
8) See also U.S. Federal Government Debt as Percent of GDP Over Time.
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