At the end of August, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 33,100, which is 4,600 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 August last year, the number of placements has increased by 20% in local government jobs, 15% in the private sector and 7% in central government jobs. Of those in placements, 54% were men. Placements for men increased by 2,400, and those for women by 2,100 from the previous year.