AN extra 5442 jobs were created in Enterprise Ireland backed companies last year - the highest net gain for Irish companies in the last decade.
Enterprise Ireland said the increase was primarily because of the strong export performance of Irish firms.
Enterprise Ireland supported companies now, directly and indirectly, account for more than 300,000 jobs in the Irish economy. 18,033 new jobs were created in 2013, according to the agency's end of year statement - the net loss was 12,591.
Julie Sinnamon, the new Enterprise Ireland chief executive, said the performance was heartening.
"Once against they have continued to increase employment, recording the highest net gain in the last decade.
"This is no mean acheivement considering the highly challenging business environment they are competing in"
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the results were brilliant news and is "great testament" to the hard work of the state's businesses.
"This is the second year in a row that employment in Irish exporting companies has show significant growth, after several years in which jobs were shed."