If you really want to help out the unemployed, take away the incentives to buy equipment and create some incentives to hire people. IOW, take the election to buy equipment down from the high levels it has gotten too, back to $25,000 or $50,000. Then raise the corporate tax rate, and make it effective for any company headquartered in the US or that wants to take advantage of the US securities markets and is listed on NYSE, NASDAQ or any other American stock exchange, but offer credits for increased hiring.
If that doesn't help companies to consider hiring more people, nothing will, but it will raise more money in tax then and we can be the welfare nation we are heading toward. If the Companies won't hire the people, then they should pay tax so the government can.