My suggestion to anyone looking for work is to move where there is work. Here is the list of states. Start with the state with the lowest rate which is North Dakota and work your way down.
Lets say you live in California with an unemployment rate of 11%. It may take 4 years for that rate to come down to 6-7%...if it ever does come down. During that time you could be working and making money in one of these other states with less unemployment.
There is the FED FRED database where you can search unemployment by city and metro area. Austin has 6% unemployment, no taxes and its a college town. Fun place and Im confident you can find work there.
BTW, the 3 job areas which are growing now are healthcare, oil/energy, and education. The job area where you need no special skills is oil/energy. You can start out on an oil rig which is manual labor, but then you work your way up. At age 22, you can either be out on an oil rig making 50 and moving up in the oil industry or sit there jobless or at a waiter job.
If I was 22, I would go to Austin Texas or Houston Texas and look for a job on a rig. Learn your way around the oil industry for two years and try to move up. Living in a state with an unemployment rate over 7% will be a lesson in frustration.