COMPANIES backed by Udaras Na Gaeltachta lost 37 jobs last year, with the poor roll-out of broadband in the Irish speaking regions pinpointed as a significant problem.
In its end of year statement, the authority responsible for development across the Gaeltacht said its client companies created 700 jobs last year but lost 37 more than were created.
Even so, the rate of job losses across the regions was the lowest in 14 years.
Its companies now employ more than 7,000 people.
As has been the case in other sectors, export led firms continued to grow during 2012, but companies focused on the domestic market struggled.
The agency warned that a lack of broadband infrastructure in the Gaeltacht regions would continue to hamper job creation.
"In order to attract inward investment, the Gaeltacht needs to be in a position to offer modern enterprises the most up-to-date physical, business and telecommunications infrastructure. The absence of access to high-speed broadband is still a challenge for companies in some Gaeltacht areas,” it said.