yeah here in upstate its definitely slowed down... granted it is winter and we have horrible weather but ive never had a harder time trying to get a good job here... ive had to lower my standards quite a bit..
Something about those numbers doesn't seem to ring true for me.
At $40,794 per year the hourly rate is $19.61 based on full time work of 2080 hours. Most everyone I know that is cooking for a living is making far less per hour than that and most don't have full time work at one place. They work two or three part time jobs and make between $20,000 and $28,000 per year.