At the end of October, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, in placements in central government jobs or receiving start-up grants totalled 34,700, which is 6,300 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. From October last year, the number of placements has increased by 30% in local government jobs, 20% in the private sector and 11% in central government jobs. Of those in placements, 53% were men. Placements for men increased by 3,500, and those for women by 2,900 from the previous year.