At the end of February, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 23,700, which is 800 more than the year before. Of those employed, 2 % were in government jobs, 25 % in local government jobs and 73 % in the private sector. Since February last year, the number of placements has decreased by 12 % in local government jobs and increased by 5 % in government jobs and by 11 % in the private sector. Of those employed, 50% were men. Placements for men increased by 600, and those for women by 200 from the previous year.