What many people may not realize about business is that when a business is started it's to make money; jobs are just a necessary part. Ask any business person in private and off the record and I think they would tell you that they would not have employees if they could avoid it. Recession has given business what they want and that is the ability to conduct business with fewer employees and keep production at the same levels. Having employees is a cost of doing business and part of the overhead that cuts into the profits. Granted there are few business models that can't get along without some employees but many are finding that they are making it with fewer and that is the problem. Realistically, it means that many of the jobs that have been lost are gone for good. The take home message is that if you have the chance you might want to think about training in a field where there will always be a need for employees. Remember to ask yourself, could this be done by a robot or in some way be done cheaper and better. If the answer yes then think again about heading in that career direction.