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In the United States, of the people who moved from one state [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2005, 15:34
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In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in Florida cater to retirees, this decline is likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses.


Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?



Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.



The number of people who move out of Florida to accept employment in other states has increased over the past ten years.



There are far more local businesses in Florida that cater to tourists than there are local businesses that cater to retirees.



The total number of people who retired and moved to another state for their retirement has increased significantly over the past ten years.



The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.



Why answer is D? Please help. thanks
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Just to simplify things, assume 10 yrs ago a total of 700 people moved to another state after they retired. Of this say 10% moved to Florida. ie. 70 people moved to Florida.

Now, say total of 1000 people moved to another state after they retired. Since the percentage has decreased by 3, only 7% moved to Florida. ie. 70 people moved to Florida.

So, if you look at it because "the total number of people who retired and moved to another state for their retirement has increased significantly" in this case from 700 to 1000, the number of people who moved to Florida is still the same or can even be higher.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2005, 17:36
D it is agree with gayathri explanation
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2005, 20:58
damn good explanation gayathri..
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Re: CR Retired people [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 15:35
Good explanation Gayathri.
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Re: CR Retired people [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2011, 05:56
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Re: CR Retired people [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2011, 01:22
D is the only answer which points to a positive business environment.

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Re: In the United States, of the people who moved from one state [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2014, 20:29
What is they say for option (E). Just curious to know.

Does it Strengthen the argument?

I think it strengthens since if the retirees leaving Florida for another state are more then the economy related to them would be affected.

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This makes it more likely that Florida's economy will be harmed because of decreasing numbers of
retirees, but has no real bearing on the argument which concludes specifically that declines in the
proportion of emigrating retirees moving to Florida will have a negative effect on the state's economy.


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