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Sweden: E-mail gaffe sees 61,000 job-seekers invited to recruitment meeting

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By Chris Harris  with REUTERS
Sweden: E-mail gaffe sees 61,000 job-seekers invited to recruitment meeting

<p>Angry job-seekers had to be dispersed by police in Sweden after a gaffe saw 61,000 people invited to a ‘recruitment meeting’.</p> <p>An e-mail asking job-seekers to attend the meeting in Stockholm was meant to be sent to around 1,000, officials said.</p> <p>But instead it was sent to all the registered job-seekers in the city.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sweden's jobs agency invites, um, 61,000 people to the same meeting. Chaos ensues <a href="http://t.co/JGiuZgLf7W">http://t.co/JGiuZgLf7W</a> <a href="http://t.co/TyiG6p8PvZ">pic.twitter.com/TyiG6p8PvZ</a></p>— Richard Milne (@rmilneNordic) <a href="https://twitter.com/rmilneNordic/statuses/438659612888154112">February 26, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>It saw hundreds descend on the employment office, spilling out onto an adjacent street, a main thoroughfare running through the city centre.</p> <p>Clas Olsson, acting director of the employment office, said: “Something has gone wrong with the mailing list… it has set off a very messy situation at the city office.”</p> <p>Emotions were running high and office staff sounded the alarm, bringing police to the scene.</p> <p>“When we got there it was very crowded and there were some upset feelings,” Police Inspector Ulf Lindgren told Reuters.</p> <p>Olsson told the Aftonbladet newspaper he did not know if the cause was a human or technical error.</p> <p>Sweden’s total unemployment stood at 8.6 per cent in January.</p>