FISCAL BLOG

Interest costs on the national debt are expected to rapidly outstrip spending on children in coming years.

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Federal outlays for Unemployment Insurance are rapidly returning to previous levels. Nevertheless, unemployment remains higher than pre-pandemic levels.

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Here are some notable trends showing how lower levels of government have spent some of their relief funds.

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In 2022, America faces key questions about rising inflation, new COVID variants, growing national debt and an uncertain economic recovery. To help shed light on a complex set of factors and indicators, the Peterson Foundation brought together two leading experts for the latest edition of the Economic Forum.

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Although the costliest measures are anticipated to contribute the most to the economy, CBO found those measures are not necessarily expected to provide the most bang for the buck.

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In its annual report on income and poverty, the U.S. Census Bureau publishes data on national economic measures such as household income, earnings, wealth, employment, and poverty.

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These charts tell the fiscal story of 2021 — looking back at how our fiscal situation deteriorated over the past year and what challenges lie ahead.

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Here is a breakdown of the estimated remaining $850 billion in funds for COVID-19 relief programs.

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The Build Back Better Act includes spending on a wide variety of policy areas. If enacted, the legislation would provide benefits for many lower-income households and take steps to address climate change and other social investments.

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Income levels for Americans vary across geography, race, and gender.

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Expert Views: Inflation, Interest & the National Debt

We asked experts with diverse views from across the political spectrum to share their perspectives.

National Debt Clock

See the latest numbers and learn more about the causes of our high and rising debt.