Hello and thanks for the replies. The OA is C.Knewton explanation:
The question asks us to support the idea that the increase in the number of factories in Country X (evidence) corresponds to an increase in employment opportunities for its citizens (conclusion).
A good way to form a pre-phrase for a strengthener is to identify an assumption on which the argument relies and then affirm that assumption. In this case, the argument depends on the fact that the number of people employed by each new factory is high enough such that the total number of current factory employees (scattered among 200 sites) is higher than the number of total factory employees (scattered among 12 sites) one decade ago.
Choice C is correct. If there are currently half as many people per factory as there were a decade ago, the total number of employment opportunities must have increased. For example, if each of the 12 factories a decade ago employed 1,000 people from Country X, then those factories employed 12,000 people total. Even if, per choice C, the 200 current factories only employed half as many people each (500), there would still be 100,000 factory workers total—a far cry from the total 12,000 total factory workers one decade ago.
Choice A states that industrial jobs provide better pay and more opportunities for advancement than do agricultural jobs. This information relates to the quality, rather than quantity, of job opportunities. The argument claims that the citizens of this country will have more opportunities, not better ones.
Choice B states that more citizens of Country X currently attend school and employment training than did previously. This may be evidence of an overall improvement in the country's economy and infrastructure, but it does not strengthen the idea that there are more employment opportunities as a result of the increased number of factories.
Choice D states that the number of factories is expected to continue to increase in the future. While this, too, may be evidence of an overall economic upturn for Country X, it is irrelevant to the question of whether or not these new factories provide increased employment opportunities.
Choice E, like choice A, provides evidence that industrial jobs offer better—but not necessarily more—opportunities to citizens of Country X than do agricultural jobs.Choice C is correct.
I appreciate the kudos if you find this post helpful! +1