At the end of September, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 22,900, which is 1,500 less than the year before. Of those employed, 2% were in government jobs, 25% in local government jobs and 73% in the private sector. Since September last year, the number of placements in local government jobs has decreased by 19% and placements in the private sector by 1% but increased by 1% in government jobs. Of those employed, 52% were men. Placements for men decreased by 800, and those for women by 700 from the previous year.