The US Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor certification (OFLC) has published statistics for the past year's H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 applications. These statistics relate to prevailing wage requests received by DOL only, not the H-1B petitions filed with USCIS. Many of these LCA's would have been for H-1B extensions, not new cases, which is why the number of applications is much higher than the H-1B cap quota.
DOL received almost 600,000 applications and certified 567,000. Some of the applications were for multiple positions, so DOL certified applications for 1.19 million positions.
Not surprisingly, the highest number of LCAs were filed for computer-related occupations - a whopping 71% of the total. The next highest category was Accountants and Auditors, at 21% of the total.
Top 10 Employers
The high number of LCAs filed for accounting professions might be because the top employer was Deloitte Consulting, which filed 118,000 applications. Of course, Deloitte also files in other occupations, including high tech professions. Deloitte & Touche is separately listed as #9 on the list of top 10 employers.
The top 10 employer list is heavily dominated by tech companies, e.g. Cognizant, Tata, Wipro, and others.
California topped the list of states at 17%. Next came Texas (9%), New York (8%) and New Jersey (7%).
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.