At the end of December, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 22,600, which is 200 less than the year before. Of those employed, 2% were in government jobs, 24% in local government jobs and 74% in the private sector. Since December last year, the number of placements has decreased by 19% in local government jobs and increased by 6% in government jobs and by 7% in the private sector. Of those employed, 50% were men. Placements for men decreased by 200, and those for women remained largely unchanged from the previous year.