Enterprise Ireland, the Government agency responsible for developing Irish business globally, has reported strong job creation by its client companies in Donegal.

It today released new figures to show there was a four per cent increase in the number of jobs created.

Some 3,552 people are now employed by companies supported by the agency in Donegal.

KEY FINDINGS: 

Job creation in Donegal was up four per cent in 2017 by Enterprise Ireland backed companies

Over 19,000 jobs created across Ireland by companies supported by the agency in 2017

Every region recorded job increases with 64 per cent of new jobs created outside of Dublin

Construction, lifesciences and engineering sectors delivered largest jobs increases

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A spokesman said: "A total of 19,332 new jobs were created by companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2017.

"Some 209,388 people are now employed in companies supported by the agency. This is the highest total employment achieved in the history of the agency.

"This represents a net increase of 10,309 jobs for 2017, taking account of job losses.

"In line with total employment levels, the net increase in jobs, is the highest on record with Enterprise Ireland.

"The job creation figures are up on 2016, showing strong consistent year on year growth, despite the uncertainty that Irish businesses faced in 2017 in the context of Brexit."

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