Here goes, with the appoximate # applicants per position, and location by state. All articles are less than a year old.
1. 100+, Florida. "For example, one elementary school position was posted on June 3, said spokeswoman Jackie Johnson. By June 6, more than 100 external applications were received."For example, Chippewa Valley School District accepted 2,211 applications for 21 potential jobs it recently posted, according to Diane Blain, the district’s spokeswoman."
3. 100+ Massachusetts "very few teachers have reported they voluntarily left the Lexington schools due
to working conditions. For most classroom positions, we receive more than 100 applicants per job. " lps.lexingtonma.org/Current/OS08June11Morale.doc
4. 1,000+ Illinois, (not a citation I would use in a paper as it is hearsay and not a published news article...) In Illinois, there are at least 1000 applicants per job. So I found a great way to make myself stand out. http://elementarytechteachers.ning.com/forum/topics/alabama-teaching-jobs?commentId=2067663%3AComment%3A59086&xg_source=activity
So.....where IS this "teacher shortage"? Sure, these numbers are vague and could be for elementary regular ed positions, of which qualified applicants are a dime a dozen. Perhaps there IS a shortage in math, science, and special ed. This is what I'm trying to get my own local numbers and facts on, because I believe that those jobs are tough to "get" as well. More on that once I get more than two districts' worth of research.