oh my! you definitely took the words right out of my mouth. i have been laid off for over a year now and feel the same frustration. of course, people are always wanting to give advice, but they just don't know that we have exhausted all of our efforts. and yes, temp/employment agencies are a waste of time. i tried that route a few months ago and they definitely treat you like a number. everyone else is thinking the same with regards to temp/employment agencies for getting work so it's just as competitive as searching for permanent work. if you are receiving unemployment benefits still working for a temp/employment agency will mess up your unemployment wages and you will end up receiving possibly less than what you were receiving before so be careful if this is the case.