Here is a crazy anecdote proving how tough it is to get a job in the rest of the country these days.

According to the Washington Post, last year, Walmart opened in Washington, D.C. and got 23,000 applications for 600 jobs.  That means only 2.6% of people who applied got a position.

In comparison, the Ivy League schools just released their admission rates and it was easier to get into Harvard than to get a job at Walmart.

8.9% of people who applied to Harvard got in, and that was the toughest of the eight Ivy League schools.

It also means Walmart was about three times pickier than Harvard.