“Apple Inc. Wednesday reported small increases in the share of women and minorities working at the tech giant, but said its most recent group of hires is considerably more diverse,” Georgia Wells reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“Apple said the share of Hispanics among its 80,000 U.S. workers grew to 12% in June, from 11% a year earlier; blacks accounted for 9% of the U.S. workforce, up from 8% a year earlier,” Wells reports. “Women are now 32% of Apple’s 125,000-person global workforce, the company said, up from 31% a year ago.”

“Apple said 37% of the employees it hired over the past year are women, compared with 32% for the overall workforce. Among new hires in the U.S., 27% are black, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander, compared with 22% of its U.S. workforce. Apple said over the past three years it had hired 28,500 women globally, and 12,700 underrepresented minorities in the U.S.,” Wells reports. “The report said the share of women managers at Apple globally remained 28%. The share of U.S. managers who are black remained flat at 3%, while the share of Hispanic managers grew to 7% from 6%.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Diversity is certainly good, but getting the absolute best should remain the goal. Forced diversity carries its own set of problems. Would the group be comprised of the best-qualifed people possible or would it be designed to hit pre-defined quotas? Would some employees, consciously or unconsciously, consider certain employees, or even themselves, to be tokens meant to fill a quota? That would be a suboptimal result for all involved.

The best and desired outcome is for this to work in Apple’s favor. Truly looking at qualified people from a larger pool would result in delivering different viewpoints and new ways of looking at things and tackling problems than a more homogenized workforce would be capable of delivering.

Regardless and of course, someday it sure would be nice for everyone to just be able to evaluate a person’s potential, not measuring and tabulating superficial, meaningless things like skin color and gender.

Apple’s “Inclusion & Diversity” report can be found here.

Apple inches toward workforce diversity – January 20, 2016
Diversity report shows Apple’s U.S. workforce still mainly white and male – January 19, 2016
Apple’s Board of Directors says a call for diversity is ‘unduly burdensome and not necessary’ – January 15, 2016
Apple leads Facebook, Intel, Cisco, Google on gender diversity among Bay Area companies – November 17, 2015
Apple’s latest diversity report shows progress – August 13, 2015
Tim Cook is ‘personally involved’ in improving diversity at Apple Inc. – July 14, 2015
Apple donates over $50 million to diversity efforts – March 10, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook met privately with Jesse Jackson regarding diversity – December 9, 2014
Apple adds Vice Presidents, more diversity to Executive Leadership Team – August 15, 2014
A message from Apple CEO Tim Cook on diversity – August 12, 2014
Jesse Jackson calls on Obama to scrutinize tech industry’s ‘lack of diversity’ – July 28, 2014
Tim Cook: Apple will release diversity data ‘at some point’ – July 9, 2014
Jesse Jackson targets tech’s lack of diversity; sends letter to Apple, Google, HP, others – March 19, 2014
Apple changes bylaws after facing criticism about lack of diversity on board – January 9, 2014

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]