At the end of October, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 28,400, which is 5,200 more than the year before. Of those in placements, 2% were in government jobs, 25% in local government jobs and 73% in the private sector. Since October last year, the number of placements had increased by 23% in local government and 23% in the private sector. Placements in government decreased by 1%. Of those employed, 52% were men. Placements for men increased by 2,900, and those for women by 2,300 from the previous year.