It seems that there has been a lot of talk of layoffs lately. But in order to know for sure, I checked with Google Insights.
In terms of Search Traffic here is the Google Insights Data for the word "Layoffs" since 2004-Present. Sure enough, there HAS been a lot of talk of layoffs lately (relative to before there was a lot of talk, which wasn't that long ago.)
And here is the data for the word "Layoffs" in 2008:
So it's pretty crazy out there, as you can see. This woman pictured below was an unemployed writer on Market Street in San Francisco holding a sign that stated that she would blog for food. Sorta funny. Sorta sad. But what's remarkable is that some CEO at a small Bay Area software company admired her moxie and basically decided to take her up on it. Though he didn't really like the idea of compensating her in groceries and hoped that she would take money instead. My guess is she probably will.
Here's one day (12/10) worth of layoff news on a site called Layoff Daily: