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Labor officials probe capes for unemployed

April 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 19 (UPI) -- Florida labor officials say they have called for an investigation into a regional agency's spending of public money to give super hero capes to the unemployed.

The Labor Department said it has asked its inspector general to look into Workforce Central Florida's "Cape-A-Bility Challenge," a $73,000 campaign to give red super hero capes to people who are out of work, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.

The agency is spending spend more than $14,200 on capes and $2,300 on foam cutouts of a cartoon character named "Dr. Evil Unemployment."

Defending the marketing effort, Gary Earl, executive director of Workforce Central Florida, said "not everyone will agree on creative strategy."

"The plight of the unemployed is why we exist," Earl said, "and to help them, we have to engage them, introduce them to our services and connect them with job opportunities."

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