Listening to every heart
I know what you are dealing with, and my heart goes out to you. While I don't know your age, I will tell you that I am in my late 50's and was released from my job back in March '09...and I am still looking. I have sent in applications every week since; and when I do chance upon an interview, I have been picked from a field of applications numbering 100 to 150 or more.
I do not have a degree. I have 40 some years worth of experience in one field or another, but primarily the legal field or that of professional assistant. I can only assume that I can envision what is going against me: age and past wages.
I have had years of experience in interviews as my husband was transferred frequently and while he maintained his job, I had to continue going on interviews. Never in my life have I found it so difficult to get even a part-time position.
Here's the problem. It's not going to get better any time soon. IF you are young, I would suggest you look into jobs you think you may be over-qualified for; bagging groceries, working at WalMart, whatever you can do to keep the bills paid and the wolf from the door. Once you get that sort of job, or jobs, as the case may be that everyone may only want part-timers, then hold them close and fast; don't complain; do the best you can and don't take anything for granted.
And keep looking for "the" job. Don't give up on yourself or our country. Our country has been through recessions and depressions before, and we will be through them long after this one. It's human nature and we all seem to love the playground where the wheels go round and round that the teeter-totter goes up and down.
So goes life.
If you are married, hang tough. If you are single, know your friends well and if they are in your situation, start rooming together. A shared rent is a paid rent.
Don't lose your enthusiasm for life, nor for your lifelines...like writing. Look for writing jobs. You never know where they may pop up. I know that for a fact.
God bless, Poet. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.