Debt held by the public is projected to remain high relative to historical levels
February 08, 2013
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SOURCE: Data from the Congressional Budget Office, Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023, February 2013. Compiled by PGPF.

In its February 2013 Budget and Economic Outlook, the Congressional Budget Office projects that debt will remain at levels well above the historical average. By the second half of the decade our national debt will be on a firm upward trajectory.

This chart appeared as part of PGPF's analysis, "CBO Report Finds Historically High Debt Persists Throughout the Decade," released February 2013. To read the full report, click here.

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