Heritage did a study of the poor economy in August of 2012, and the results are still pertinent. The biggest problem with unemployment is the suppression of small businesses due to taxes and regulations.
The Left is fond of pretending that the claim made by Libertarians and Conservatives regarding the negative effects of taxes and regulations on small businesses is a myth, but it's the Left who ignores the evidence.
Liberals have to wake up and stop the unthinking support of Progressive policies. If Liberals truly care about the poor and middle class, then Progressive policies are not to be embraced.