At the end of May, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 27,600, which is 6,300 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 May last year, the number of placements has increased by 14 % in government jobs, by 23 % in local government jobs and by 33 % in the private sector. Of those employed, 53% were men. Placements for men increased by 3,600, and those for women by 2,700 from the previous year.