In fact, this combination of the recent drop in hiring and proliferation of openings suggests that employers are being increasingly choosy, and intensifying their hunt for the so-called “purple squirrel” – candidates with the perfect combination of skills, education and experience, who will work for peanuts. It is because purple squirrels are the rarest of creatures, that actual hiring has dropped.

Employers are being picky about who they hire. Who can blame them, what with the government burdens of hiring someone these days? Health insurance, minimum wage threats, high taxes.