At the end of April, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 25,800, which is 4,000 more than the year before. Of those employed, 2% were in government jobs, 26% in local government jobs and 72% in the private sector. Since April of the year before, the number of placements has increased by 12% in government jobs, by 9% in local government jobs and by 23% in the private sector. Of those employed, 52% were men. Placements for men increased by 2,300, and those for women by 1,700 from the previous year.