Well, every month the report hits the street on the first Friday of every new month: Excite Money & Investing 80K in lost jobs, 232K for the 1st quarter 2008. Unemployment Rate has jumped back up from 4.8 to 5.1 % and looks to go as high as 5.75 %. So now, we're back to the recession of 2001 levels. Where I work, several have been downsized. Inflation doesn't seem to be relenting any either, oil barrel prices keep going up. It's never a good time to be laid off, but right now, seems worse than ever before.