(Cleveland) - With new development projects popping up all over downtown Cleveland, one local activist is troubled by what he feels is the low number of minorities being employed on construction sites.

Norm Edwards of the Black Contractors Group & the American Center for Economic Equality charges that minorities account for just 2% of the construction workforce in the city.

He tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 that minorities are routinely screened out when applying for construction jobs at union halls.

Edwards says site managers often claim a large number of minorities fail to qualify for such positions, but he contends that’s not true.

Edwards believes one of the reasons why Cleveland's unemployment rate remains high is because construction workers from outside the city are getting most of the jobs.

Edwards blames Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson for not doing more to create opportunities for minority construction workers as downtown continues to experience a major building boom.

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