Sadly, it has become normal in this current economy.
True. They will. There are employers out there that will not consider hiring any candidates who are currently unemployed. They only want those that are currently employed. In my opinion, this is an idiotic way of thinking.
Employers expect their candidates to be "go getters", someone driven to succeed and willing to work like a dog. Candidates are not going to look to highly on someone who took a year off after college. I, too, was burnt out after college and needed a break. I didn't get one.
The bottom line is that while many employers look for reasons not to hire someone instead of reasons to hire someone, some employers--especially smaller ones--want employees who can accomplish things. If you can show some track record of accomplishment, you can get a foot in the door.
As the old saying goes, once you get hired it's not where you went to school that's important, it's what you can do.