from the AP: "And the unemployment rate doesn't include people without jobs who have stopped looking, or those who have settled for part-time jobs. Counting those people, the unemployment rate would be 17.5 percent, the highest since at least 1994." Or more, depending on the area you live in.
This is why we left Las Vegas. I'm guessing the unemployment rate there is between 25-50%, since most of the city was builders and self-employed people whose businesses have dried up (like ours did--but it's picking up nicely in Colorado!).
My thought on all this: the people DON'T want welfare, and they don't want higher taxes on the employers to pay for it. They want the government to leave the money with the employers so they people can get JOBS.