County Leitrim enjoyed the greatest percentage increase in people working at Enterprise Ireland backed companies last year.
There was a 12 per cent rise in the number of people employed at E.I companies last year, compared to 2016, bringing the total at work in firms backed by the government agency to 559.
In total over 5,000 people are employed in Enterprise Ireland backed companies in the Shannonside region according to new figures.
In Longford there was a 5% growth in the numbers employed, while in Roscommon an additional 86 people were employed at E.I backed companies last year also representing a 5% growth from 2016.
Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon says there’s been a focus in recent years on job creation outside Dublin.