As a Professional Engineer, I still had to be interviewed to ensure I qualified for any position. The following is a large portion of the conversation that ensued, which is not verbatim but it's very, very close.
Me: This is alternative energy manufacturing, right?
Me: They will need engineers, right?
Caller: Yes but certain requirements have to be met for the jobs.
Caller: Have you been laid off?
Caller: How long?
Me: One year.
Caller: What is your income for 2010?
Me: Huh? Uh, zero. (Thinking to myself: I am laid off.)
Caller: Are you currently receiving unemployment insurance?
Caller: Have much have you received?
Me: Less than your threshold.
Caller: Do you have children in the home to support?
Me: No. Does this matter?
Caller: Yes. These are subsidized jobs and that counts.
Me: I see.
Caller: We'll contact you, if you qualify. Otherwise, you will not hear from us.
Unsurprisingly, that is the most non-technical interview I have ever experienced for a technology manufacturer.
They never called again. I guess I flunked the requirements. However, I think the children to count for the subsidy were more important than my technical abilities and experience in manufacturing.
This is a social subsidy moving into manufacturing.