The county I live in is reporting close to 15% unemployment. If laid off, I think I'd have a hard time finding a new job in my county. I currently work in the neighboring county. We're currently trying to hire about a half dozen positions, but are constantly struggling with HR to just get the jobs posted....
The D.C. metro area has probably one of the better job markets. Last I heard we're down to below 6% unemployment, and according to the Labor Dept, "The largest over-the-year employment increase occurred in Washington-
Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va. (+56,100)" (Sep 2009 - Sep 2010).
oregon and washington are right there with california as far as unemployment goes. as far as i can tell, the mid west is doing quite well. north dakota is (and has been for a long time) in a surplus. lots of jobs in the big cities.
"the path of greatest resistance reaps the greatest rewards"