At the end of November, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, placed in employment in central government or receiving start-up grants totalled 28,500, which is 5,100 more than the year before. Of those in placements, 2% were in central government jobs, 25% in local government jobs and 73% in the private sector. Since November last year, the number of placements had increased by 24% in local government and 22% in the private sector. Placements in central government decreased by 6%. Of those employed, 52% were men. Placements for men increased by 2,800, and those for women by 2,300 from the previous year.