August 13, 2015 / 9:45 PM / 2 years ago

Apple says hired 65 percent more women in the past year

(Reuters) - Apple Inc AAPL.O said it had hired over 11,000 women globally in the past year - 65 percent more than the previous year - to boost employee diversity.

A sales assistant works in front of an advertisement for the Apple watch at an Apple reseller shop in Bangkok, Thailand, July 17, 2015. Apple launched its smartwatch in Thailand on Friday. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

“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 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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