ATLANTA -- A key economic indicator appears to be headed in the right direction in Metro Atlanta.
The region's preliminary unemployment rate dropped down to 9.9 percent in October. It was 10.2 percent a month earlier as well as in October 2010.
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Statewide, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate dipped slightly to 10.2 percent as Georgians snatched up roughly 26,500 new jobs. The Georgia Department of Labor said most those jobs were in service-related industries like trade, transportation, education and health services.
Metro Athens had the state's lowest unemployment rate in October at 7.5 percent. Metro Dalton had the highest at 12.7 percent.
DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in October.