Apple's latest diversity report shows 54 percent of new hires were minorities

New hires are the most diverse, but overall, the diversity of Apple's workforce still has room for improvement.

For Apple, being the most innovative company means also striving to be the most diverse.

On Wednesday, the iPhone maker released its annual diversity report, pointing to an increase in the last year of hiring women and minorities. According to Apple’s Inclusion & Diversity Report, 54 percent of new hires were racial minorities and 37 percent were women.

Apple Inclusion and Diversity Report 2016 Apple

Furthermore, 27 percent of new hires were racial minorities who’ve been historically underrepresented in tech (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander).

Overall, Apple’s new hires in the last year are more ethnically diverse than the company’s current employees. The report takes into account new hires in the 12-month period ending in June 2016. Data about minorities comes from the U.S., and data about female employees is counted across the globe.

Apple Inclusion and Diversity Report 2016 Apple

Why this matters: While Apple continues to increase the percentage of new employees who are women and minorities, the diversity of the new hires does not seem to be greatly affecting the overall diversity of Apple’s workforce. Since 2014, the number of female Apple employees around the world has increased by just 1 percent each year, from 30 percent to 32 percent. And the number of white Apple employees in the U.S. actually went up by 2 percent in the last year, from 54 percent in 2015 to 56 percent now.

Apple Inclusion and Diversity Report 2016 Apple

This uptick may be due to the fact that Apple was miscounting its white employees in earlier years, however. The report notes that Apple instituted internal processes to decrease the number of undeclared employees to less than 1 percent, and that “the majority of our previously undeclared employees identified as white.”

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