The global economy is still shaky. It seems that each week there are reports of improved economic indicators, followed closely by reports of setbacks. In the US, the national unemployment rate is down from its 2009 high — but not by much. In the research field, however, unemployment appears to have dropped, according to Genome Technology's latest salary survey. At the height of the economic crisis, 3.17 percent of respondents to 2009's survey indicated that they were unemployed; this year only 0.7 percent did.