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US budget deficit through 10 months totals $460.5 billion, 24.2 per cent below last year

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2013, file photo, a jogger on an early morning run passes the U.S Treasury Building in Washington. The Treasury Department releases budget data for July 2014 on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2013, file photo, a jogger on an early morning run passes the U.S Treasury Building in Washington. The Treasury Department releases budget data for July 2014 on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

WASHINGTON - The federal government ran a lower deficit this July than a year ago, keeping it on course to record the lowest deficit in six years.

The Treasury Department says that the July deficit was $94.6 billion, an improvement of 3.1 per cent from a year ago.

For the first 10 months of this budget year, the deficit totals $460.5 billion, down 24.2 per cent from the same period a year ago.

The Congressional Budget Office expects this year's deficit to total around $500 billion, down from $680.2 billion last year. That would be the lowest deficit since an imbalance of $458.6 billion in 2008, which was a record at the time. However, the Great Recession sent deficits above $1 trillion for four straight years.

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