WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal budget deficit widened in November, driven by higher spending in such areas as Social Security, Medicare and defense.

WASHINGTON (AP) The federal budget deficit widened in November, driven by higher spending in such areas as Social Security, Medicare and defense.

The Treasury Department says the November deficit climbed to $64.6 billion, up 13.6 percent from a year ago. For the first two months of the budget year that began on Oct. 1, the deficit totals $201.1 billion, a 12.6 percent jump from a year ago.

Total receipts are up 2.9 percent to $416 billion over the past two months compared to a year ago. But spending is up an even larger 5.9 percent to $617.1 billion. The rise in receipts reflects in part more tax revenue as unemployment declines.