LinkedIn narrows gender gap but U.S. ethnic diversity lags

The percentage of women working at LinkedIn worldwide improved this year, but in the United States the company’s workforce also got more white, company data released Monday shows.

As of May, women made up about 42 percent of LinkedIn’s more than 6,800 employees globally, up from 39 percent compared to the same month in 2014. About 58 percent of the company’s employees were men this year.

But about 56 percent of LinkedIn’s U.S. employees during that same month were white, an increase compared to 53 percent last year.

Meanwhile, the percentage of black and Hispanic LinkedIn employees nationwide didn’t budge this year. But the percentage of Asians and women in leadership roles did increase.

The business-oriented social networking company breaks down the gender and ethnicity of its workforce in charts:

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LinkedIn's 2015 Workforce Diversity

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LinkedIn Diversity OVERALL

The bump in the percentage of white employees in the United States came from LinkedIn’s non-tech workforce, which increased this year from 63 percent to 66 percent, data shows.

“Our latest numbers show encouraging results, and we are pleased with our progress. Each gain is the work of many. Our numbers also show where we still have room for much more progress, so we need to be relentless in our efforts, ” wrote Sandy Hoffman, LinkedIn’s director of global inclusion, in a blog post on Monday.

Hoffman cited a program at the company aimed at improving¬†gender diversity in leadership roles as one reason why the company’s female leadership increased.

LinkedIn said it doesn’t report ethnicity outside of the United States because legal issues prevents them from asking about a worker’s ethnicity in other countries.

The business-oriented social networking company also released an older set of data this week from July 2014 that it reports to the federal government, which breaks down ethnicity and gender for its U.S. workers.

Still, LinkedIn is more diverse than Google’s workforce, which reported last week that 70 percent of its employees globally were men and 30 percent were women as of January. In the United States, about 60 percent of Google’s workforce this year were white.

Photo Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP photo; graphics from LinkedIn

 

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