news must've not reached there, haha. last year there was a major labor crunch during the fall and everyone was hiring, it was pretty easy to get a job, as long a you were over 16.
then in december, all of a sudden that shit got trampled on my the recession/depression because companies had to money to pay people. hell, i'm pretty lucky to be getting 11$/h while everyone else is offering (if they're offering at all) around 9$/h. i know good people who's been hawking around resumes for over a year and haven't found anything. one of my friends estimates he's applied around 150 times over the past 10 months. still unemployed.