The U.S. government posted a deficit of $US147.9 billion in August, according to the latest monthly budget statement just released by the Treasury Department.
Economists expected the Treasury to report a slightly smaller August deficit of $US146 billion.
Government spending outlays were $US333 billion, while receipts were $US185 billion.
This month’s deficit is down 22% from last year’s August deficit of $US190.5 billion.
In July, the Treasury posted a deficit of $US97.6 billion.