WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to use the power of government purchasing to help increase the number of disabled people in the workforce.

A proposed rule announced Thursday by the Labor Department would require most federal contractors to set a goal of having disabled workers make up at least 7 percent of their employees.

Officials said the plan was one of the most significant efforts to protect the rights of disabled workers since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

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