... in my local area seems to be reaching a very critical stage (getting almost scary).
Case in point: I submitted an application for a job last Friday with a small local company. Yesterday (Monday) at 10:30am I received a call from them asking if I could come in for an interview at 12:30pm. I said I already had an appointment at that time, but would be free all day Tuesday. She said OK, please come in at 12:30 on Tuesday.
This morning I received a call that I no longer needed to come in for the interview as the position had been filled. She said they were amazed at the sheer volume of well-qualified people who had applied and interviewed for this job. She would keep my resume on file in case things didn't work out though ...
The advertised job was a Shipping / Receiving Clerk paying $12-$15 /hr.