As more Americans work from home and cut back on meals, they’re eating more out than they ate in the past, according to data compiled by a new consumer advocacy group.
The study, which was released Wednesday by the American Council on Science and Health, found that the share of Americans who eat out more now than they did a decade ago has jumped to 19.4%, up from 16.3% in 2010.
That means more Americans are going out for dinner, but the number of people eating out a few times a month has been on a steady decline.
The number of meals eaten at home has also been falling for decades.
In 2010, more than 3.3 million Americans were out of work.
But the number who had jobs has risen since then.
In the past decade, about one-third of Americans have stopped working or been laid off, while nearly one-fourth have been laid-off or fired, the group found.
The report also found that people who have been working fewer hours have been disproportionately hit by the recession.
That means they’ve seen their wages decrease, and their wages have decreased for the first time since the Great Recession.