don't get to excited BM, those numbers are never accurate. they usually reflect a HIGHER number, not a lower one. you have to check who is putting out the numbers and what questions they ask.
as an example, when i was laid off from my job once, i was polled by unemployment officers as part of the usual report. i had collected unemployment for a period of time, but had decided to go into another line of work (for myself :-) ).
they asked: 1. have you collected unemployment in the last year? - yes 2. have you looked for work in the last year? - yes 3. are you currently employed? - no. i went on the rolls as one of the "unemployed".
it sucks to lose a job, but it happens. waiting around for someone to fix it is not a solution. not taking a job because it doesn't pay enough, is not a solution. living in a state where there is no work is stupid. move. i don't have a lot of sympathy for the unemployed who whine. also, extending unemployment benefits extends unemployment. there have been enough studies to support this. guess what? if people think they might go hungry, or not be able to pay the bills, they magically find work!! there is nothing wrong with working more than one job. nothing wrong with getting rid of the cable, and selling the big screen.
as high as unemployment was during the carter years, and as bad as the economy was, i do not remember such whining and panic. we are not even close now to what those years were like! we are a million miles away from the days of the depression.