ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's unemployment rate was 8.1 percent for October, according to new data from the state Department of Labor.
That's down from a revised September estimate of 8.3 percent and 8.8 percent a year ago, but it still lags behind October's 7.3 percent rate nationally.
All those measures are seasonally adjusted to account for temporary labor market swings.
Local measures do not consider those changes. Those estimates are higher across the state, particularly in rural areas and poorer suburbs, where several dozen counties posted double-digit jobless rates.
Of Georgia's 14 metropolitan statistical areas, Athens-Clarke County posted the lowest October rate at 5.8 percent. The highest was Dalton's 10 percent. Metro Atlanta was 7.7 percent. In all three cases, unemployment was higher than in September, but still down from October 2012.
Just two statistical zones posted lower jobless rates than for the same month a year earlier. And both are among the smallest metropolitan areas.
Brunswick's 9.9 percent is up from 8.7 percent in September and 9.7 percent in October 2012. Hinesville-Ft. Stewart's 9.2 percent followed an 8.7 percent rate in September and is up from 8.8 percent last October.
Here's a look at some other metro areas for the month:
Albany — 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in September but down from 9.3 percent in October 2012.
Augusta-Richmond County — 8.1 percent, up from 7.9 percent in September but down from 8.6 percent in 2012.
Columbus — 8.3 percent, up from 8.1 percent in September but down from 8.7 percent in 2012.
Gainesville — 6.6 percent, up from 6.3 percent in September but down from 7.1 percent in 2012.
Macon — 8.5 percent, up from 8.1 percent in September but down from 9.3 percent in 2012.
Rome — 8.6 percent, up from 8.3 percent in September but down from 9.5 percent in 2012.
Savannah — 7.5 percent, up from 7.3 percent in September but down from 8 percent in 2012.
Valdosta — 7.7 percent, up from 7.4 percent in September but down from 8.3 percent in 2012.
Warner Robins — 7.2 percent, up from 6.8 percent in September but down from 7.5 percent in 2012.