Here's my stats. I found out in March of 2009 that I was no longer going to be a teacher. From that moment on, I applied for 5 jobs a week for the first 3 months. For the next year and a half I applied to anywhere from 20 to 200 jobs a week (as the time went on, the numbers went up).
I worked three temporary jobs between June 2009 and January 2011.
I signed up with 6 employment agencies.
I had a dozen interviews in that time.
I exhausted my employment benefits, had my house foreclosed on and had to borrow money from my parents to go to a doctor.
But, according to some, if I really wanted to work, I could have found work easily.