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(AJC) — Thursday’s unemployment report might have been better if Howard Kelman, Monica John and thousands of other metro Atlantans stayed on their couches and continued wondering they’d ever work again.  But, they decided recently that the time was right to re-enter the job-search world. Amid signs of new hiring they doffed pajamas, sharpened resumes and braved fresh rounds of exhilaration and rejection.  Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate dipped to 10.2 percent in February, down from 10.4 the month before and 10.7 percent in February 2010. It was a slight drop, but evidence nonetheless that some jobless Georgians have started to  find work. The 28-county metro Atlanta region created 16,400 new jobs in February.  That’s also drawing people like Kelman, who quit looking for work in January after a “very promising” job prospect didn’t pan out, back into the game. He started looking again in February. Help wanted ads targeted at office furniture salesmen like Kelman appeared with greater frequency.

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