I went to a local .NET user group meeting a week ago. There was about 20 people in the meeting and it was sponsored by a recruiter and he asked how many people were looking for work. About half of the people raised their hands. Microsoft has a program that will help people to get training and certified. This is to help people get ready for the workforce. Some of it is low cost and other parts are free.
I wish I could hire alot of the people that I know that are looking for work, but I can't. Good luck.