DirectEmployers Association, a nonprofit consortium of over 200 leading U.S. employers and operator of the JobCentral.com employment search engine, released the results of an in-depth industry study, conducted on its behalf by strategic management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, that shows the Internet is now the primary hiring source for employers.

The study of hiring practices at leading U.S. companies revealed that Internet sources produced 51 percent of all hires in 2005 with the largest source of hires being the employers' own corporate Web sites, while newspaper classified advertisements were the source of only 5 percent of the new hires.

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