"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 1,000 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 labor office is located and spilled into the adjacent
street, a main thoroughfare running through downtown Stockholm.
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
cause was a human or technical error.
Sweden's total unemployment stood at 8.6 percent in January.
(Reporting by Johan Ahlander and Niklas Pollard;
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