Despite dropping by $207 billion, the federal deficit was over $1 trillion for the fourth straight year.
The total deficit for 2012 was $1.1 trillion. Government revenue rose thanks to increased employment and more tax revenue being contributed by corporations. Total tax revenue was up 6.4 percent to over $2.4 trillion.
Government spending dropped 1.7 percent to $3.5 trillion due partly to a decrease in defense spending from the U.S. military pulling out of Iraq.