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Graphic shows U.S. total national debt (debt held by the public plus intra-governmental debt) in dollars and relative to GDP


I made this diagram using BEA and Treasury Dpt. data





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Interpreting the chart[edit]

The bars in the chart show the nominal level of U.S. total national debt, which is the sum of "debt held by the public" and "intra-governmental debt." These terms are described in the United States public debt article. The line and right axis show this amount as a percentage of GDP, which is a primary measure of the debt level a country is carrying.

The figures for fiscal year 2013, which ended September 30 2013:

  • Debt held by the public: $11,976 billion ($11.98 trillion)
  • Intra=governmental debt: $4,762 billion (Note: This declined slightly from the prior year.)
  • Total national debt: $16,738 billion
  • GDP: $16,661 billion

Total national debt as % GDP = $16,738 / $16,661 = 100% (Note: This declined slightly from prior year.) Another common measure of debt to GDP, not shown in the graph, is debt held by the public.

  • Debt held by the public as % GDP = $11,976 / $16,661 = 72% (same as prior year)

The GDP data is from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.[1]

The debt data is from the Treasury Department monthly statements of the public debt.[2]



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