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Google Preaches Diversity But Hiring Numbers Still Lag

Google says it hired a woman to fill one out of every five of its openings for technology jobs last year.
/ Source: NBC News

Google's workforce is still dominated by white and Asian men even after the Internet company hired a woman to fill one out of every five of its openings for technology jobs last year. The ongoing lack of diversity emerged in a demographic breakdown that Google released Monday. Just 18 percent of Google's technology jobs were held by women entering 2015, up a mere percentage point from the previous year. The rest of them were filled by men who were mostly white or Asian.

The latest snapshot of Google's workforce comes roughly a year after Google publicly disclosed the gender and ethnic makeup of its payroll for the first time to cast spotlight on a diversity problem vexing the entire technology industry. At the time, Google admitted it was "wrong," and that it was "time to be candid about the issues."

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The technology industry has long been plagued not just by allegations of a gender gap but also by a broad lack of inclusiveness that affects minorities too. Google said Monday that the increase in black and Hispanic employees outpaced the company's overall hiring growth, but made up for only 2 percent and 3 percent of total workforce, respectively."Though we still have a long way to go, we're seeing some early progress," the company said in a Google Plus post.

Last month, Google announced a $150 million initiative to get more women and minorities into technology.