I've been a part of the work force since 1978 and getting a job was so easy! I was most financially stable between then and all during the 80s. In 91, I became a stay at home mom and didn't go back to work until 2002. I couldn't find a decent job in my industry - graphic production - so I ended up in auto/truck parts as a delivery driver. I was let go after a work-related injury, but found another job as an office manager for a truck parts distributor. I only collected one unemployment check before I was working again. I honestly had no idea how really bad the job market was when I was laid off in 2011. I figured I'd have another job in a few weeks - 2 months, tops. It's been over 2 years now, my unemployment benefits ran out last August. I'm applying to jobs daily if I can. I get interviews every week. Unfortunately, nobody seems to want to hire someone over 50 these days - especially someone who's been out of work for this long. I've never seen the economy this bad, and I've never in my life been so worried about the future... MY future! I don't care what the news says, or what the analysts say about the economy getting better. From where I'm standing, there's been no improvement, and jobs here in Southern California are scarce for average working stiffs. Unless you've got degrees in engineering fields, computer technology, or the medical industry, the prospects aren't so great.
(And it really, really SUCKS!)