Apple reports hiring more women and minorities, though overall numbers move only slightly

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Apple says it more than doubled the numbers of women, blacks and Hispanic workers hired in the last year, although that moved the needle only slightly in terms of improving the overall diversity of its workforce.

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Like other major tech companies, Apple has been under public pressure to increase the number of women and minorities in a workforce that is overwhelmingly white or Asian males. Apple says 35 percent of its new hires worldwide last year were women, while 24 percent of U.S. hires were black or Hispanic.

As a result, Apple's global workforce of 110,000 is now 31 percent women, up from 30 percent last year. Its U.S. workforce is 19 percent black or Hispanic, up from 18 percent. That includes non-technical jobs including retail workers in Apple stores.