On October 19, 2006, the total public debt was $8,548,071,412,038.76. That's over $8.5 TRILLION!
Between October 1 and October 19, the total public debt increased by roughly $41,097,512,824. Put another way, the debt increased at a rate of about:
- $2.3 BILLION A DAY!
- $95 MILLION per HOUR!
- $1.6 MILLION per MINUTE!
- $26 THOUSAND per SECOND!
Visit the Federal Bureau of Public Debt for daily and monthly figures on the national debt.
If you would like to see how much interest we paid on this debt, visit Bureau of Public Debt's Interest Expense on Outstanding Debt.
Much of this debt is owed to foreign governments. If you want to see exactly how much the US currently owes China, OPEC nations, and other foreign governments, visit Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities.