A bit off-topic for this blog, nonetheless this is a good article on "Life After Layoffs." Having been a part of the dot-com boom and bust myself, I can sympathize with many of the interviewed subjects in this story and can say from personal experience that it is right-on-point.
"What it comes down to is that we're all temps; there are no permanent employees,"... "One of the fallacies of laying people off is that 'it's not personal,it's just business,'" he says. "That's a lie. It's always personal."