US piles up record October budget deficit of $284.1 billion

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The U.S. is starting the 2021 budget year the way the old year ended, with soaring deficits …

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The U.S. is starting the 2021 budget year the way the old year ended, with soaring deficits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is starting the 2021 budget year the way the old year ended, with soaring deficits.

The October deficit was almost double the $134.5 billion deficit logged in October 2019. It smashed the previous October record of a $176 billion deficit set in 2009, when the government was spending heavily to lift the country out of a deep recession caused by the 2008 financial crisis.

The deficit for the 2020 budget year, which ended Sept. 30, totaled a record $3.1 trillion, breaking the old mark for an annual deficit of $1.4 trillion set in 2009.

The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that this year’s deficit will remain above the $1 trillion level, coming in at $1.8 trillion, the second largest annual deficit on record but an improvement over the $3.1 trillion set in 2020.

For October, spending totaled $521.8 billion, up 37.3% from a year ago and a record for the month. Big increases were seen in various government agencies working to blunt the economic downturn from the coronavrious pandemic.

The government’s budget year runs from October through September.

The October deficit, while a record for the month, was far below the all-time monthly record of $864.1 billion set in June as the spending on the $3 trillion in coronavirus support measures passed by Congress ramped up.

In a September report, the CBO forecast annual deficits will remain above $1 trillion through 2030.

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This story has been updated to correct that the CBO’s 2021 deficit forecast is $1.8 trillion, not $3.3 trillion.

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