Why Fewer Americans Will Buy Pizza Tonight

National Journal

Americans typically have chowed down on 46 slices of pizza a year in recent years—as a country, that's a combined 100 acres of pizza a day—but those figures might be a bit lower these days given our lack of disposable income and a decline in median account balances.

According to recent figures, money is not burning holes in American pockets. And it’s not stacking up in the typical checking account.

A look at recent economic trends and census data shows that the effects of the recession remain present in some very real ways.

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And while recent employment figures suggest news on the jobs front is improving, the long-term outlook appears likely to be bleak enough to keep some potential consumers from snagging a slice after they check their bottom line.

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