Its probably 25% in reality...
So many people are on welfare in the cities and that is "employment" that the figures are way off. The true test is the producing areas of the land, where food, minerals and lumber come from.
I have some friends that live in one of the rural counties of Californica and the rate in that county hit 40% and is still going up. The State shut down the lumber and the mining industry there for environmental reasons and just plain greed. Not much left.
You could not touch the tiniest house there for under a quarter mill, just saw an add for a house downtown for 89,000.
This almost recession now has higher unemployment rates than the last Great Depression (using the same math methods, not the new math),and is just picking up steam. There seems to be no common sense left in government, everything is graft and greed at this point, so I do not have much hope for my friends economic future.
He works, or worked as a high level concrete construction company building bridges and such. Now every time he bids on anything the unions take him to court. So they get all the bids. Nobody can compete with lawsuits on their backs. And the Goobermint takes their payola and politely nods...
It truly is unsustainable, and they all know it, but they are so busy looting the treasury that they don't much care if the bank burns to the ground.