I finally have some good news to report. I got one of the jobs I applied for recently!!
It's a Regulatory Specialist job in the office I work in so I'll still be dealing with the same people but at least I'll be paid more to deal with them. It will mostly involve entering forms into our database and maintaining the database. I used to enter the forms in the database and I'm good with Access so it should be an easy transition to this job.
My boss told me two weeks ago that he was recommending me for this position but I wanted to wait until it was official before I started spreading the word. Our bureau chief told me herself 5 minutes before I left today, since my boss has been out of town and won't be back until Tuesday.
I'm so relieved to have a pay increase and to not have to be interviewing for jobs for a while! This isn't the job I want to stop at so eventually I'll start applying again but I'll wait at least 6 months before I do.