At the end of May, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, in placement in central government or receiving start-up grants totalled 32,000, which is 4,400 more than the year before. Of those in placements, 2% were in central government jobs, 26% in local government jobs and 72% in the private sector. Since May last year, the number of placements has increased by 20% in local government jobs, by 15% in the private sector and by 3% in central government jobs. Of those in placements, 53% were men. Placements for men increased by 2,300, and those for women by 2,100 from the previous year.