You might be wondering just how the BLS computes the unemployment rate. Well, from Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert in the Audacity of Hopelessness explains it all.
So, everyone get that, if you give up hope the economy improves. I would say that has been the Bush administration's overall policy for the United States middle class.
For something more serious, there is a new fact sheet on the employment facts for Professional workers and H-1B Visa statistics, Support American Careers.