U.S. government deficit soared in 2018

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The federal government ran a $119.1 billion surplus in September, the Treasury Department reported Thursday.

Outlays in September totaled $224.443 billion. Receipts totaled $343.559 billion.

In September 2017, the government ran a $788.5 million surplus.

In August, the government ran a $214.1 billion deficit.

For the fiscal year, the government had a $778.996 billion deficit, compared to a $665.828 billion deficit for fiscal 2017.

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