US Public Debt:

103.2% of GDP for Q2 2019
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US Public Debt measures the total public debt in the United States divided by the total GDP in that same period. In a global context, as the percentage of debt increases compared to the GDP, the probability of defaulting increases, as the ability to pay back debt decreases. When comparing public debt of different economies, this measure allows to see how debt grows in real terms compared to the size of the underlying national economy. In other words, one can compare how an economy's use of debt contributes to growth in GDP. Historically, the US public debt as a percentage of GDP has steadily increased during the 2000s from a trough of 54.24% in 2000 Q4, to a peak of 105.3% in 2016 Q4.

US Public Debt is at 103.2%, compared to 104.4% last quarter and 103.3% last year. This is higher than the long term average of 57.38%.

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June 30, 2019 103.2%
March 31, 2019 104.4%
Dec. 31, 2018 105.2%
Sept. 30, 2018 103.7%
June 30, 2018 103.3%
March 31, 2018 104.6%
Dec. 31, 2017 102.9%
Sept. 30, 2017 103.2%
June 30, 2017 102.5%
March 31, 2017 103.4%
Dec. 31, 2016 105.2%
Sept. 30, 2016 104.1%
June 30, 2016 104.0%
March 31, 2016 104.6%
Dec. 31, 2015 103.1%
Sept. 30, 2015 98.94%
June 30, 2015 99.63%
March 31, 2015 100.9%
Dec. 31, 2014 101.6%
Sept. 30, 2014 100.6%
June 30, 2014 101.1%
March 31, 2014 102.9%
Dec. 31, 2013 100.4%
Sept. 30, 2013 99.34%
June 30, 2013 100.6%
   
March 31, 2013 101.2%
Dec. 31, 2012 100.5%
Sept. 30, 2012 98.83%
June 30, 2012 98.16%
March 31, 2012 97.42%
Dec. 31, 2011 96.37%
Sept. 30, 2011 94.86%
June 30, 2011 92.56%
March 31, 2011 93.36%
Dec. 31, 2010 92.02%
Sept. 30, 2010 89.93%
June 30, 2010 88.45%
March 31, 2010 86.77%
Dec. 31, 2009 84.16%
Sept. 30, 2009 82.59%
June 30, 2009 80.44%
March 31, 2009 77.30%
Dec. 31, 2008 73.49%
Sept. 30, 2008 67.57%
June 30, 2008 64.11%
March 31, 2008 64.42%
Dec. 31, 2007 62.86%
Sept. 30, 2007 61.97%
June 30, 2007 61.66%
March 31, 2007 62.28%

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Stats

Last Value 103.2%
Latest Period Jun 2019
Last Updated Jan 30 2020, 08:34 EST
Long Term Average 57.38%
Value from 1 Year Ago 103.3%
Change from 1 Year Ago -0.13%
Frequency Quarterly
Unit Percent of GDP
Adjustment N/A

Notes: Total US Public Debt divided by Gross Domestic Product.

Formula: US Public Debt / US GDP * 0.01

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