Anthony Watts has the story at WUWT in his post: The sun is still in a funk: sunspot numbers are dropping when they should be rising
I suggest interested readers check out the whole post at WUWT. It has some interesting graphics that indicate the sun is not on a normal course. It is beginning to look more like the start of the Next Grand Minimum. Solar Cycle-24 is beginning to look like SC-5 or SC-6.
Here is an over lay of solar cycle 5 which was the beginning of the Dalton Minimum with the solar cycle 24:
This graphic is from “Beyond Landscheidt” Since our ability to see spots today is greater than it was a century ago, a group has develop a Layman’s Count that only counts spots large enough to have been seen before. This is a little like hurricane and tornado counts which are higher today because we have better technology to see them. The Layman’s Count has this cycle looking like cycle 5 in the early 1800s. Interestingly that cycle had an early spike like this one and then relaxed into a long, low plateau max and then long minimum.
We maybe on the cusp of the next grand minimum. The question is it a Dalton like minimum or a Maunder like. As noted in the comments, Livingston and Penn have detected a decline the magnetic fields that was not evident during the Dalton.