I have to say this article really got my feathers ruffled! The very companies that lay people off, don't want to hire the unemployed because they have been laid off too long.

George Seed, an executive at a Georgia recruiting firm, explained the reasoning behind such ads last year. "When my clients hire me, they want people who are motivated to go to work for the right reasons," he said. "And if someone is currently employed in a good position, then their motivation to move to a different company would be that the company offers better benefits or offers more growth for advancement, or whatever. They're not people who have to have a job, they're people who want to move for the right reasons."
Stigma Of Long-Term Unemployment Boosts Jobless Rate: CBO