At the end of July, the number of persons claiming pay subsidies, employed by the State or receiving start-up grants totalled 36,100, which is 4,400 more than the year before. Of those in placements, 1% were in central government, 24% in municipalities and 75% in the private sector. Since July last year, the number of placements had increased by 18% in the private sector and by 7% in municipalities, but decreased by 42% in central government. Of those in placements, 55% were men. Placements for men increased by 2,500, and those for women by 1,900 from the previous year.