Talking us into a depression at Coyote Blog. Interesting employment stat included.
To add some anectdotal evidence: I deal with a couple of small business owners on a regular basis, as well as some very large organizations. All of them are having trouble hiring.
Seocnd hand, through them, I'm hearing an awful lot about people cutting back and slowing growth in anticipation of poor results. Business is fine, but they are cutting back anyway.
I think all this doom and gloom talk might have something to do with that behavior.