At the end of August, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 28,600, which is 6,400 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 August last year, the number of placements has increased by 7% in government jobs, by 34% in local government jobs and by 28% in the private sector. Of those employed, 54% were men. Placements for men increased by 3,500, and those for women by 2,900 from the previous year.