The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released statistics about its PERM program for fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012). Through February 15th, 2012, the DOL indicated that it has received 17,700 PERM applications, which appears to be less than the number received to this date during fiscal year 2011. The DOL indicated that it has processed 16,555 applications during fiscal year 2012 through February 15, 2012. Of these 16,555 applications, approximately 20% were denied. Of its pending cases, the DOL indicated that approximately 60% are awaiting initial review, 26% are waiting for review through an audit, 4% are waiting for processing through DOL's Supervised Recruitment procedure, and approximately 8% are pending reconsideration and/or appeals. The DOL also indicated that the current denial rate on PERM audits is approximately 55%. The DOL also indicated that the current approval rate on supervised recruitment cases is approximately 25%.