While some technology giants like Google and Facebook have recently reported relatively few African Americans, Hispanics and female employees, a Progressive Policy Institute study shows that across the board there has been an uptick in African American and Hispanic hires. However, women continue to make up a disproportionately small piece of the workforce.
In 2014, black and Hispanic workers made up 12% of the tech workforce, up 3 percentage points from 2009. The number of black college graduates heading into the tech field jumped up 58%. However, of the 730,000 high-skill tech jobs created from 2009 to 2014, only about a quarter went to women, even though they comprise 47% of the workforce.