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# In the United States, of the people who moved from one state

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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?

A. Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.
B. The number of people who move out of Florida to accept employment in other states has increased over the past ten years.
C. There are far more local businesses in Florida that cater to tourists than there are local businesses that cater to retirees.
D. The total number of people who retired and moved to another state for their retirement has increased significantly over the past ten years.
E. 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.
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28 Aug 2006, 03:19
shinewine wrote:
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?

A. Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.
B. The number of people who move out of Florida to accept employment in other states has increased over the past ten years.
C. There are far more local businesses in Florida that cater to tourists than there are local businesses that cater to retirees.
D. The total number of people who retired and moved to another state for their retirement has increased significantly over the past ten years.
E. 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.

Is this a Kaplan 800 problem? I have seen it before. At the time, i think i got it wrong as well. But now that i know, the answer should be D.

Because, the argument says that the percentage of ppl who moved to florida after retirement have decreased, but the number of ppl might have actually increased.

Thats exactly what D says. The number of retired ppl have increased, and therefore more ppl move to other states. That does not mean that Florida gets less retirees than what they used to get.
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29 Aug 2006, 15:06
(D) ... I think this is from "GMAT CR Bible" book
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29 Aug 2006, 15:50
clear D here...

A and B are irrelevant or out of scope

C doesn't do anything to the argument

isn't E supporting the argument -> number of retirees in florida is less, so the percentage decreased???

Any quick tips on this kind of questions that involve percentage/number
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29 Aug 2006, 23:14
u2lover wrote:
clear D here...

A and B are irrelevant or out of scope

C doesn't do anything to the argument

isn't E supporting the argument -> number of retirees in florida is less, so the percentage decreased???

Any quick tips on this kind of questions that involve percentage/number

Try setting up a ratio. If 10,000,000 people retired each year over the past decade and only 10% of them decided to retire in Florida (1,000,000), the overall numbers of retirees would still far outnumber the (13% of per annum 2,000,000) people who relocated a decade earlier. Classic % trap CR.
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29 Aug 2006, 23:26
straight D
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