WASHINGTON (October 12, 2012)--The federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year, but the deficit for the just-ended 2012 budget year is $207 billion less than last year.
The deficit totaled $1.1 trillion for 2012, boosted by revenue from a modest improvement in economic growth.
Tax revenue rose 6.4 percent to more than $2.4 trillion.
The government's revenue rose as more people got jobs and received income.
Corporations also contributed more tax revenue.
Government spending fell 1.7 percent to $3.5 trillion.
The decline reflected in part a drop in defense spending as U.S. military involvement in Iraq was winding down.