I know about a job opportunity for us that some of you might have not heard about yet:
Every 10 years the U.S. government conducts a national census. This is a HUGE undertaking and requires the government to hire hundreds of thousands of temporary workers.
They've been conducting interviews and hiring people since October (maybe even earlier?) and are reaching their deadline to have everyone hired. I don't know all of the details about this, but I believe the jobs start at the end of February and last between 5 and 10 weeks, depending on your location/position. I think for these particular jobs you also need a car because you're going door to door taking... well... a census.
The cool thing about these jobs is that they're pretty high paying. Like in San Fran, they start at $22/hour. Other cities around the country range from $10.50 to $22 (haven't seen higher than that yet).
Ok so if you've been layed off and you need some income sooner than later, go to this website to get more information and to find the number to apply:
If you want to go directly to the interactive map and see if they're hiring near you and how much they're paying in your area (hee, "in your area"), go to: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/2010censusjobsmap/localofficemap.php
If for some reason those links don't work, just google "census" and it will take you to the appropriate sites. Remember, only trust the .gov sites listed.
I'm not getting anything by referring you guys to this, and I make no claims about how cool or comfortable the jobs are going to be. But they seem alright and I already know 2 of my friends/family that are going to do it. They called the number, left their information and were both contacted the same day and scheduled for testing and an interview for within a week. The gov isn't messing around on this gig, it seems, since it only happens once every decade and they gotta get it right.
Hope this helps someone! Let me know if you end up going in for an interview.