I know what you mean. Work at my workplace has been busy like hell lately. (Except yesterday, when I had NO service calls at all. What a boring day....)
But I am working for a goverment company, and although the pay could be better, there haven't been any layoffs, and I don't think there will be, because the goverment can't go bankrupt, and people will always need Utilities. Plus they are not there to make money, so they don't save by letting people go.
I had thought at times to try to go into the private sector, but I don't think I will for a while, until the job market gets better.