Job center giving superhero capes to the unemployed

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 18:13 EDT
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Florida’s unemployment agency director has asked for an investigation into a federally funded jobs agency that is giving 6,000 superhero capes to the jobless.

Workforce Central Florida spent more than $14,000 on red capes as part of a media campaign to raise awareness of its services, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The jobs agency plans to distribute the superhero capes to residents taking part in the agency’s “Cape-A-Bility Challenge” by trying to vanquish “Dr. Evil Unemployment.”

Residents of central Florida can win a cape by becoming a Workforce Central Florida fan on Facebook, taking a Facebook quiz, having a photo taken with a foam cutout of Dr. Evil Unemployment, tweeting a job posting, or using LinkedIn to recommend someone using the word “super.”

The agency also spent about $2,300 on 12 five-feet-tall foam board cutouts of Dr. Evil Unemployment.

Florida Director Cynthia Lorenzo said the spending seemed “insensitive and wasteful” and has asked for an investigation.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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