On July 1, 2019, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) published updated prevailing wage data for July 2019 - July 2020. Prevailing wage determinations from the National Prevailing Wage Center will reflect this new data. There are two central changes in this year's data:
Firstly, the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program made changes to metropolitan and non-metropolitan area data. OES continues to cover the entire United States, but this update decreased the level of detail available. OES combined 11 large metropolitan areas that were previously divided. These areas include Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and others. In addition, OES combined some non-metropolitan areas to form larger areas. A list of these is available here.
Secondly, where OES previously aggregated some occupations, OES now uses separate occupations using the same wage for each detailed occupation. OFLC continues to use the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification codes. Learn more about OES occupation changes and aggregations here.
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This information comes from news releases from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA Doc. No. 18070230).