At the end of July, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 27,700, which is 6,800 more than the year before. Of those employed, 2% were in government jobs, 24% in local government jobs and 74% in the private sector. Since July last year, the number of placements has increased by 8% in government jobs, by 37% in local government jobs and by 32% in the private sector. Of those employed, 54% were men. Placements for men increased by 3,700, and those for women by 3,100 from the previous year.