At the end of June, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 28,300, which is 7,000 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 June last year, the number of placements has increased by 11 % in government jobs, by 30 % in local government jobs and by 35 % in the private sector. Of those employed, 54% were men. Placements for men increased by 3,700, and those for women by 3,300 from the previous year.