Apple's diversity shows small progress

Apple's diversity shows small progress
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Apple said Wednesday that it had made incremental progress on diversity in the last year.

Nine percent of its workforce is now composed of black employees, up from 8 percent a year ago. The number of Hispanic employees at Apple grew from 11 percent to 12 percent.

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The percentage of white employees also rose, from 54 percent to 56 percent. The number of male employees also fell one percent, but still remains at 68 percent.

The company said that the percentage of new hires from underrepresented minority groups in the United States had grown from 24 percent to 27 percent. And the share of new employees who are women grew from 35 percent to 37 percent.

Apple is one of the many technology companies that have started releasing such data within the last few years, under pressure to address the lack of diversity in their workforces. Tech employees have traditionally been overwhelmingly white and male.

That has attracted attention from policymakers in Washington.

Thirty tech companies signed the White House’s pledge in June to set diversity goals, including big names like Airbnb, Intel and Spotify.

The Congressional Black Caucus has also launched its own initiative to encourage tech companies to hire more black employees. So far, the only company to sign on to their initiative has been TaskRabbit.