Police dispersed an angry crowd of job-seekers outside an
employment office in Stockholm after it called 61,000 people
for a recruitment meeting by mistake.
"Something has gone wrong with the mailing list...it has set
off a very messy situation at the city office," said Clas
Olsson, acting director of the employment office.
An email call for a recruitment meeting that should have gone
out to about 1000 job-seekers went out to considerably more
people, about 61,000 - apparently all the registered job
seekers in Stockholm, police said.
Hundreds of people expecting to attend crowded into the alley
where the labour office is located and spilled into the
adjacent street, a main thoroughfare running through downtown
Emotions were running high and office staff sounded the
alarm, bringing police to the scene.
"When we got there it was very crowded and there were some
upset feelings," Police Inspector Ulf Lindgren told Reuters.
Olsson told the Aftonbladet newspaper he did not know if the
cauase was a human or technical error.
Sweden's total unemployment stood at 8.6 percent in January.