When you're talking unemployment, it is instructive to remember that by definition, you can be unemployed for only a limited amount of time. Once you exceed that time your unemployment benefits lapse and you drop off the rolls of the unemployed. So, if a bazillion people lose their jobs, stay unemployed until their benefits run out, and still don't find a job, they're not unemployed any longer.
Courtesy of the Cajun, we find a little graph that shows labor force participation. It's instructive because even if the official unemployment numbers get better, we see that there are a hell of a lot of people out of work.
Now, if you'll excuse me I have to leave this computer and get ready to go to work. I'm one of the lucky 63% who gets up and goes to work every day.