Apple says hired 65 percent more women in the past year
(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote) said it had hired over 11,000 women globally in the past year - 65 percent more than the previous year - to boost employee diversity.
"In the first 6 months of this year, nearly 50 percent of the people we've hired in the United States are women, Black, Hispanic, or Native American," Chief Executive Tim Cook said in a message on the company's website.
Cook maintained there was "a lot" more work to be done.
Apple had 92,600 full-time employees as of September 2014.
Diversity reports in the recent past have spurred a national debate about the lack of diversity at Silicon Valley's tech companies and how to improve gender and race ratios.
Google Inc (GOOGL.O: Quote) said in June that 21 percent of tech hires last year were women, boosting overall number of women in technical roles by 1 percent, as part of efforts to increase diversity.
(Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)
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