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ORLANDO, FL –  An unemployment agency spent public money to give 6,000 superhero costumes to the jobless.

Workforce Central Florida spent more than $140,000 on the superhero costumes as part of its “Cape-A-Bility Challenge” public relations campaign. The campaign featured a cartoon character, “Dr. Evil Unemployment,” who needs to be vanquished.

The agency said it would begin training the unemployed workers to actually be superheroes.  “We have a great superhero training program,” Martha Wilson, of Workforce, said.

Here’s a unemployed bank teller:

And an unemployed law maintenance crew:

And an unemployed computer programmer:

Florida’s unemployment agency director  was proud of the new program. State director Stella Bonazo said the spending on the project was “worthwhile and uplifting.”

Workforce Central Florida Director Gary J. Earl defends the program, saying it is part of a greater effort to put the unemployed back to work = and to save lives!

The agency says it served 910,000 people during its last fiscal year, placing nearly 159,000 in jobs. They hope to get over 150 superheroes employed this month.