You know the answers but need to hear someone else say them.
Leaves not falling as quick as last year.
People and economy are still bad with people losing jobs still.
People can't afford to pay and do it themselves. Leaf removal is a convenience not a necessity. As going to store and buy a cup of coffe vs making a pot then having to clean the pot.
Every guy with a trailer or pickup out of work that has a rake and a box of bags is competing for the same amount of leaves.