Disturbing statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor. The DOL has just released its PERM statistics for government Fiscal Year 2012. Year to date, (Oct. 1, 2011 – May 30, 2012), they have received 43,100 PERM applications and certified only 27,600 out of the overall number. 5,600 applications were denied and 2,100 were withdrawn. The others have been audited. So, basic math will have the approval rate at about 64% which means the denial/audit rates are increasing to 37% even while the majority of the PERMs are filed in the computer/math fields and 90% require a bachelor or a master’s degree.