My BFF is going through the job hunt now, and having a tough time of it. She worked for a major financial institution for close to 20 years. So made decent money, especially for the area she lives in. Therein lies part of the problem. Because it was a huge company, they paid well. Where she lives, most other places, don't pay nearly as well. She interviewed with one local company, and told me that they did a really good job of keeping a straight face when she told them her salary requirements, which really weren't all that outrageous, but i guess they don't pay anywhere near what she was making.
She's also finding many many, probably most, positions are contract. And not that close. So she can either move, or find a place to stay during the week, and drive acouple hours home each weekend, or something else. She's getting discouraged, and I don't blame here. I think beacuse she was at her company (in many positions) for so long, things have changed, and not for the better, at least not for her.