The DOL recently released selective statistics for the PERM program. In fiscal year 2011, which commenced on October 1, 2010, the DOL indicated that there has been a 60% increase in the number of cases filed over fiscal year 2010. As of May 31, 2011, the DOL indicated that 44% of its cases are pending initial review. 29% are pending reviews of audits, and additional 24% are pending appeals of the denials of PERM applications. Of the 22,200 currently active PERM cases, 37% are requiring Master’s Degrees for the offered position while an additional 37% are requiring Bachelor’s Degrees. 12% of the cases did not require any degree. The DOL is currently reviewing applications which were selected for audit that were filed in November 2010.