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Google reports Black and Latinx representation in the US has increased

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Google released its annual diversity report, and the company says it has made some positive progress over the past year. The company saw its “biggest ever increase in the representation of Black and Latinx Googlers in the U.S.” of 20 percent and 8 percent, respectively, year over year, according to Chief Diversity Officer Melonie Parker† Google also reported improved leadership representation of Black, Latinx and Native American employees by 27 percent, Parker says.

But some data shows that there is still more work to be done. The company’s U.S. workforce is made up of 33.5 percent women and 66.5 percent men, numbers only slightly different from the 32.2 percent women and 67.8 percent men reported in 2021. And in its 2022 report, Google said 48.3 percent of its U.S. employees are white, while 43.2 percent are Asian, 6.9 percent are Latinx, 5.3 percent are black, and 0.8 percent are Native American.

The company offers a huge amount of information on its stats, and you can read all about it on the Website Diversity Annual Report 2022 and in the PDF version of the report† And Google seems determined to move the needle, saying, “As we continue to build a more inclusive and representative Google, we will hold ourselves accountable for how we work to achieve our goals.”

Google came under scrutiny for its diversity policy after it fired prominent AI ethicist Timnit Gebru, who is Black, in December 2020. The company made changes to its diversity and research policy two months later.

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