Re: Layoffs... suck!
I live in a small town (15k ish), we've lost over 1200 jobs in the last year, all manufacturing. We've gone from a predominately lower-middle class town to 12%+ unemployment and really no hope for the future. Back in late 07 we built a business park to try and lure some BS/BA holders, we had agreements with a few companies to occupy the space. Then they went bankrupt, so we've got a ~$4M space completely empty, which is a MASSIVE investment for a town our size. We're on the slippery slope of ghettodom, even moreso than we already were. It really is quite scary, we've gone from a town with bragging rights (for our size) in terms of manufacturing jobs to mass exodus.
The worst part is we've got a premier college (Wabash College), and no means to keep graduates within the county limits. I'm living the downfall of a "bedrock of America."