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.