I can't help but notice that the majority of IT jobs locally now ask for either no experience, 1 year, or 3 years. It looks like the movement of head offices to the rest of the country (along with the good jobs), which started 40 years ago, is now pretty much complete, leaving only the crappiest of the crappy jobs.
No wonder 13% of the city's work force is on welfare, 10% on unemployment, 5% on some other form of government subsidy, and 20% of those who do have a job only work part-time. Throw in a large chunk of the "involuntarily self-employed" (14%) and it's no wonder the "economic recovery" isn't visible..
And also no wonder why a city with a population in the millions can't generate jobs requiring 10 or more years experience - employers can ask for 1 year experience and people with 5 years will apply. Scale up for 2 years, etc. The colleges and universities keep producing workers, but the jobs have gone elsewhere.
The only way to "win" in such a scenario is to go the "War Games" route - refuse to play.