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Graduates during the Air Force Academy 2019 graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs. Photo: Kirsten Leah Bitzer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

About 1 in 3 female service members in the Air Force and Space Force said they've experienced sexual harassment during their careers, according to a report released Thursday.

Driving the news: The review, completed by the Air Force Inspector General, also found that minorities and women are underrepresented, specifically at the senior leader level.

  • About a half of all female respondents said that tending to family commitments adversely affects them in the workplace, compared with 18% of men sharing that view.
  • Air Force service members and guardians of all races and ethnicities also expressed concern that discriminatory and racist remarks directed toward their specific group are not appropriately addressed by their chain of command.

By the numbers: The report underscores the ethnic and gender disparities that persist in the Air Force and Space Force, the Associated Press reports.

  • In 2020, nearly 84% of the pilots in the active-duty Air Force were white and more than 92% were male, per AP.
  • About 7.7% of pilots were female, 3% Hispanic/Latino, 2.7% Asian American, 2% Black, 0.5% Native American and 0.3% were Pacific Islander, per AP.

The big picture: The report reinforces the findings of an initial review from last December that found that Black members of the Air Force are far more likely to be investigated, arrested or face disciplinary actions, per AP.

  • The Department of Defense last year unveiled initiatives to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce.
  • More than 100,500 individuals participated in the anonymous survey released Thursday.

What they're saying: "These disparities and gaps in trust affect our operational readiness — we don’t have time or talent to lose," Gina Ortiz Jones, the undersecretary of the Air Force, said.

  • "We will actively work to rebuild that trust and ensure Department of the Air Force members, the ‘One Team’ our nation needs to protect our interests in air and space, can serve to their full potential."

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Southwest cancels over 350 flights, delays around 600

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Southwest Airlines canceled more than 350 flights and delayed around 600 others on Monday after mass cancellations over the weekend from what the airline called "operational challenges," according to AP.

Driving the news: The cancellations started after its pilots asked a court to block the company's new COVID vaccine mandate, though Southwest said Sunday the service disruptions were not a result of a planned labor demonstration by its pilots, Axios' Michael Mooney and Ben Montgomery report.

More women and older workers gave up on looking for jobs last month

Data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

The silver lining in Friday’s mediocre jobs report was this milestone: The unemployment rate dropped below 5% for the first time since the pandemic sent workers home in droves.

Yes, but: Part of what pushed it down was shrinking labor force participation.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.