Most consultants, group programmers, operations managers and sometimes market managers are too concerned with their own turf and keeping it "theirs". They are concerned with a group of un-employed programmers that have moxy, mojo and mechanics. They are quick to say "We had over 300 applicants and a ton of out of work pros". They are still apprehensive about talking to hiring out of work experienced programmers.
A consultant told me recently, avoid applying for positions where consultants have small clients and a smaller client base. When applying, if you "bring it", they are paranoid and fear they may lose the position if someone with more experience is hired at one of their client stations.
The other side of the coin, you can be considered a burn-out (which I'm sure has happened to me). After 35 years in the business and applying for a lot of different jobs, I still run into some employers who will talk to you and others who won't. It's tough to network and build up a group of faithful friends, they might be needing you when the 2011 budget is ready!