If You Work in Silicon Valley, Odds Are You’re a White Man
MAY 28, 2014
Claire Cain Miller
It’s good to be a man, particularly a white or Asian one, in Silicon Valley.
Otherwise, not so much.
The tech industry has been known to have a serious diversity problem. But on Wednesday, we got a peek at just how bad it is. Google released statistics about the make-up of its workforce that showed that while men and Asian people are overrepresented, women and black people are drastically underrepresented as compared to the overall United States workforce. ...
Read more about Google’s demographics on The Times’s Bits blog.
Now, if you go there, you find Claire Cain Miller's headline is inflammatorily distorted:
Of its United States employees, 61 percent are white, 2 percent are black and 3 percent are Hispanic. About one-third are Asian — well above the national average — and 4 percent are of two or more races. Of Google’s technical staff, 60 percent are white, 1 percent are black, 2 percent are Hispanic, 34 percent are Asian and 3 percent are of two or more races.
In the United States workforce over all, 80 percent of employees are white, 12 percent are black and 5 percent are Asian, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.