At the end of October, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 23,200, which is 800 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 October last year, the number of placements has decreased by 18% in local government jobs and increased by 7% in government jobs and by 3% in the private sector. Of those employed, 52% were men. Placements for men decreased by 400, and those for women by 300 from the previous year.