I too am sorry to hear of your situation. Been in a similar situation myself. I worked doing real estate examinations after HS all through my 20's. In the late 80's the RE market bottom dropped out and I became unemployed. I had grown up in a mechanical enviroment, but had no formal training, no college degrees. There was a period, a fair one, of angst, despair and self pity. But, after a bit I got proactive. I went to the unemployment office EVERY day and checked for jobs available. I checked for training courses available. I went to interviews, a good number. This went on for a good spell. Then a free machining course became available. Full-time, 16 weeks, federally funded. And if your attendance and grades met the marks, you kept your benefits. That was enough to keep my truck on the road and I gave the rest to my Mom for the house expenses. Graduated NMTS the Fall of '92, started at a smallish manufacturing company in Feb '93 for $7.50 hr. Swept floors, cleaned the bathroom, and learned every chance I got. Got an opportunity to work in the CNC dep't. Eventually became CNC supervisor. After 10 years there I became a partner and owner. I'm sure some will thinking I'm bragging. I'm not. The point I'm trying to make is......it can be done. I've got two young guys at my company now, 19 and 22. They have skipped over every other worker I have. Some have been there 20 years. Why? Not because of a degree. Or shear intelligence. But because of their hunger to learn, to excel. Because the strength of their will to succeed exceeds the strength of their backs. Positive, team attitudes. Jobs may be hard to find, I'll grant you. But, as a business owner I can tell you, a dedicated, hard working, hungry worker doesn't grow on trees, either. When I find one, I do all I can to keep them. Learn everything you can, every day. Don't let anyone else out work you. Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. I wish you all the luck in the world, but you can't mope. Get after it!