Since February, medium and large employers in New York State have been required to give the Department of Labor 90 days notice before laying off large numbers of workers. The list is available online, and it's fascinating. Recent entries include cafeteria workers at the UN, MTA transit workers, and the staff of Portfolio magazine.
It's true things are not good, but it's important to read this information with the big picture in mind. Even in a good economy, there would be plenty of layoff notices. And the Department of Labor doesn't post all the new hires that are made.