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Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

As part of its annual employee diversity report, which showed little change in numbers from the previous year, Google for the first time included employee attrition rates for various demographic groups.

  • Attrition rates are highest for black employees, followed by Latino employees, and lowest for Asian employees. Women have lower attrition than men, both overall and in tech jobs.

Why it matters: Since major Silicon Valley companies began releasing employee demographics reports, diversity advocates have been critical of the lack of retention and attrition data. That information can show whether a company is succeeding at making employees feel included after they're hired.

Overlap: In addition to attrition rates, Google also for the first time included data about the intersection of gender and race for U.S. employees.

  • For example, while 38.2% of employees identify as Asian (or Asian and another race), only 12.5% of employees identify as Asian women.
  • Experts say that looking at the intersection of gender and race (and other demographic groups) can show how various biases (and lack of peers) can affect an employee at once.

Situation unchanged: It's also notable that despite spending millions of dollars on the issue and committing to improvement, Google's diversity reports continue to show little change year over year.

  • Companies have argued that change will take time, and point to the demographic makeup of their new hires. But sooner or later "no change" becomes hard to defend.

Go deeper: Google's diversity efforts fall flat.

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Democrats drubbing Trumpless GOP on social media

Data: Twitter/CrowdTangle (Feb 24, 2021); Chart: Will Chase/Axios

In a swift reversal from 90 days ago, Democrats are now the ones with overpowering social media muscle and the ability to drive news.

The big picture: Former President Donald Trump’s digital exile and the reversal of national power has turned the tables on which party can keep a stranglehold on online conversation.

Here come Earmarks 2.0

DeLauro at a hearing in May 2020. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Appropriations Committee is preparing to announce details of a plan to restore a limited version of earmarks, which give lawmakers power to direct spending to their districts to pay for special projects.

Why it matters: A series of scandals involving members in both parties prompted a moratorium on earmarks in 2011. But Democrats argue it's worth the risk to bring them back because earmarks would increase their leverage to pass critical legislation with a narrow majority, especially infrastructure and spending bills.

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals
51 mins ago - Health

New data reignites the debate over coronavirus vaccine strategy

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

New research is bolstering the case for delaying second doses of coronavirus vaccines.

Why it matters: Most vulnerable Americans remain unvaccinated heading into March, when experts predict the more infectious virus variant first found in the U.K. could become dominant in the U.S.