At the end of November, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 23,400, which is 400 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 November last year, the number of placements has decreased by 17% in local government jobs and increased by 11% in government jobs and by 5% in the private sector. Of those employed, 51% were men. Placements for men decreased by 200, and those for women by 100 from the previous year.