14.8% is our U6 unemployment. I do not see us going back to 1999-2000 levels. Our economy has structurally changed in the 21st century and we have a surplus of humans with no place to employ. Automation of jobs and offshoring of others is here to stay. The only way out is something equivalent to a brushfire that culls the excess growth/supply of people. Something like #1 A grand war that involves a draft in the US and many lives lost. (i.e. WW II) #2 Something like a black plague or 1918 spanish flu. The US will probably need to enact a one child policy like in china as well.