Yes, it really is bad. For example, Dan's best friend has just been laid off from ANOTHER job. And he does computer work in Seattle, which there's normally tons of work available.
In southern CA, my BIL cannot get work, my sister cannot get work. My Step-father-in-law is hurting for work. There's not much out there. I am lucky that i have very small needs and can do my at-home stuff to get by.
For your son. Probably working for himself, like you do, might be the best thing if he can't get in with a company. What is his field?