Apple CEO Tim Cook 'not satisfied' with diversity numbers

Summary:In the US, 55 percent of Apple's workers are white, while 70 percent of workers globally are male.

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Apple on Tuesday became the latest in a slew of tech companies to release a workforce diversity report, and the numbers building up Silicon Valley are showing quite a pattern.

Much like Twitter , the majority of Apple's workers are white males, with women and minorities making up only small slices of its global workforce.

In the US, 55 percent of Apples workers are white, while 15 percent identify as Asian and 11 percent identify as having Hispanic origin. Blacks are the least represented demographic at just 7 percent.

On the gender front, 70 percent of Apple's workers globally are male and 30 percent are female. But going into more specific divisions within the company, the gender gap widens even further. In tech-related positions, 80 percent of workers are male. In leadership positions, which include store management, men dominate again at 72 percent. 

Perhaps to offset the sting of such unequal numbers, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it a point to highlight the recent female additions he's made to the senior executive ranks, such as EPA administrator Lisa Jackson and Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts.

Cook is admittedly unsatisfied with the numbers in the report, but said the company has long been aware of the disparities and is working to improve them.

"We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products," Cook wrote in the report. "Inclusion and diversity have been a focus for me throughout my time at Apple, and they're among my top priorities as CEO."

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Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail tec... Full Bio

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