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In The First Six Months Of 2015, 50% Of Apple Hires Were From Underrepresented Groups

But the company's top leadership is still 72% white men. A look at Apple's brand-new diversity report.

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Today Apple released a report revealing the racial and gender breakdown of its staff and championing its diversity efforts.

Apple hired 65% more women, 50% more African-Americans, and 66% more Latinos last year than it did the previous year.

According to an introductory letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook, "this represents the largest group of employees we've ever hired from underrepresented groups in a single year."

And in the first six months of 2015, nearly half of the company's new hires were women, black, Latino, or Native American.

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According to the company's 2014 Employer Information Report, 60 of the 83 — or 72.2% — of the people on its highest level of leadership were white men.

Apple's overall numbers are more or less on par with those of the other tech giants — Facebook's and Google's gender breakdowns are both nearly identical to Apple's, though Apple is now slightly less white.

"Some people will read this page and see our progress," Cook's letter says. "Others will recognize how much farther we have to go. We see both."

Ellen Cushing is an articles editor for BuzzFeed News' tech section and is based in San Francisco.

Contact Ellen Cushing at ellen.cushing@buzzfeed.com.

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