lucy24 - 8:27 pm on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
You left out one crucial detail: Who you're hiring. Entry-level, minimum wage is one thing. Technical positions requiring education, expertise and experience are another.
If Barbara Ehrenreich is to be believed-- and I see no reason to doubt her on this point --newspaper Help Wanted ads have little-to-nothing to do with currently available positions. They're permanent listings by large employers who have such a high turnover they need to carry a backlog of applications to call in. So your target employees may not even be looking in the paper.
Good on you for continuing to hire your own. A lot of employers do everything through agencies: unless you're a six-figure-a-year programmer, you don't work for Microsoft, you only work at Microsoft. Saves a lot of trouble of course if you can just pick up the phone, call the agency and ask them to send someone.