I know why unemployment is so high.
Because these people are not employable.
I have been trying to find a cashier for the last two weeks. A simple job of running a cash register and being nice to customers.
I have been through around 100 applications and have only found 4-5 that even make the cut to get called in for an interview.
Some interesting things on applications though:
Under customer service skills:
"im about good at that"
Under previous employment:
didn't have one
And best of all, when filling out an application it is a good idea to put a phone number on it to be contacted at.
Really it should be this hard to find a qualified person to run a cash register. It isn't exactly skilled labor.