Faith, this is so typical. One thing I didn’t write (in the interest of brevity) is that when you are laid off the odds are you will have to move. That’s one thing when you are in 20's or 30's an entirely different thing when you are in your 50's and may have children still at home but needing continuity in education or if you are near aged parents who rely on you in all the ways we know. Even a commute to NYC is a drag.
I’ve lived in London for 30 years but the two jobs that I was offered were in DC and LA … moving stipend was minimal. Yet I would have yanked my life around to take them. They fell through for other reasons (no reason).
Good luck with your job search.