At the end of December, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the central government or receiving start-up grants totalled 34,500, which is 6,800 more than the year before. Of those in placements, 1% were in central government jobs, 26% in local government jobs and 72% in the private sector. Since December last year, the number of placements has increased by 32% in local government, by 22% in the private sector and by 19% in central government. Of those in placements, 53% were men. Placements for men increased by 3,800, and those for women by 3,000 from the previous year.