MADISON - The numbers are still ugly -- but improving. The Department of Workforce Development reports unemployment decreased in 10 of Wisconsin's 12 metropolitan areas between September and October.

The Janesville metro had the highest rate at 10-point-9 percent. Madison had the lowest at about half that figure. Unemployment rose in 35 of the state's 72 counties, while falling in 27. Ten were unchanged.

Menominee County suffered with the highest rate of unemployment at 13-point-1 percent. Some experts say the numbers mean the job market is stabilizing. Janesville's unemployment rate had topped 13 percent as recently as last June.