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A Florida unemployment agency is under fire after spending taxpayer money on 6,000 capes for the jobless, as part of its "Cape-A-Bility Challenge." This is a real story.

As first reported in the Orlando Sentinel, the campaign was set to spend $14,200 on capes and $2,300 on foam cutouts of "Dr. Evil Unemployment."

The campaign, revealed Saturday in a report in the Orlando Sentinel, was met with derision by many unemployed who questioned spending more than $14,200 on capes and $2,300 on foam cutouts of "Dr. Evil Unemployment." They said the campaign's tone risked minimizing the severity of the region's labor problems.

Read the full story in the Orlando Sentinel.

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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