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US budget deficit increases to $3tn record


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

12th Sep, 2020. 11:20 am
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US budget deficit increases to $3tn record

The US budget deficit has increased to more than $3tn, a record high increase is seen. 

The Treasury Department said that the federal government has spent more than $6tn in the first 11 months of its financial year, including $2tn on coronavirus programmes.

According to the international news agency, the deficit is more than double the previous full-year record, set in 2009.

The US was tackling with a deficit of more than $1tn this year – large by historic standards.

BBC reported that the Congressional Budget Office this month predicted that the US was likely to run a full-year deficit of $3.3tn, more than triple the shortfall recorded last year. The federal government’s financial year ends in September.

The agency said it expected total US debt to exceed $26tn.

Jerome Powell, the head of the US central bank, told members of Congress after a hearing in June that America’s spending path was “unsustainable”, but said reducing the deficit should not be a priority given the state of the economy.

Data revealed that the economy decreased at an annual rate of more than 30% in the April-June period, job layoffs and business closures are continuing.

The Labor Department said this week that around 30 million people, around 20% of the American workforce, rely on unemployment benefits, despite reopening underway.

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