If you are hearing the continuous drumbeat from the press about how the unemployment rate is going down, but you're still having trouble finding a job or seem to know a lot of people who are, check this:
Found here along with the complete story. Notice that the only place where unemployment is dropping due to people finding work is D.C. In the rest of the country it's due to people dropping out of the work force.
If all you people who can't find work or can only find part-time work would just give up and go on the dole, the unemployment rate would drop to zero!