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LinkedIn gained more women leaders this year, but the company’s tech workforce is still made up of mostly white or Asian men, data released Tuesday show.

Rosanna Durruthy, the company’s global head of diversity, inclusion and belonging, wrote in a blog post that while the tech firm is seeing some progress it still has “a long way to go.”

“We know we are better when we have diversity of opinions, values and experiences shared in an open, inclusive way,” Durruthy wrote. “By striving toward this ideal, we’re constantly pushing ourselves to live up to our full potential.”

Like other Silicon Valley tech firms, LinkedIn has made minimal gains over the years when it comes to workforce diversity. The company doesn’t publicly release diversity goals, but pointed to programs it’s investing in to create a more diverse workforce.

That includes women in tech and leadership programs, employee resource groups, open mic nights. The tech firm has also been piloting new programs to attract workers from nontraditional backgrounds, such as software engineers who learned programming through a boot camp.

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Worldwide, about 38 percent of LinkedIn’s leadership are women, an uptick from 35 percent in 2016. But in the United States, most of these leaders are white or Asian.

About 79 percent of the company’s tech workforce are men and 21 percent are women, which is a slight improvement compared to last year.

In the United States, LinkedIn’s overall workforce is 52 percent white and 39 percent Asian. The amount of Latino workers decreased from 5 percent to 4 percent. Black employees made up about 4 percent of the tech firm’s workforce in 2017 compared to 3 percent in 2016.

A LinkedIn spokesperson said that the drop in Latino workers “is consistent with the natural flow of talent into and out of our organization.” The tech firm saw a 1 percent increase in Latino leadership this year, the spokesperson pointed out.

LinkedIn has more than 11,000 full-time employees.

The business-oriented social network has more than 530 million users in more than 200 countries and territories.

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Photo: LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner speaks during the launch of the company’s newest product LinkedIn Learning in San Francisco on Sept. 22, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

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