Google to Release Workforce Diversity Statistics

The tech giant previously resisted sharing data.

Posted: 05/15/2014 01:48 PM EDT

Google, Inc. plans to release a report about the diversity of its workforce, in light of Jesse Jackson's recent efforts to draw attention to the lack of minorities and women in the technology world.

The company previously resisted sharing the data but it is expected to be released next month, the Associated Press writes

"Many companies in [Silicon Valley] have been reluctant to divulge that data, including Google, and, quite frankly, we are wrong about that," David Drummond, an African-American executive at Google said Wednesday at their annual shareholders meeting. 

In March, Jesse Jackson called attention to the lack of diversity by leading a delegation at a Hewlett-Packard's annual shareholders meeting. He urged for the top tech giants to increase their efforts to hire African-Americans, Latinos and women. 

Only 7 percent of tech workers are Black and Latino nationally, according to the Associated Press. 

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