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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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 [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 02:57
B, C and E are ruled out. My choice is option D.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 04:21
D for sure

Authors of questions are running out of fantasy, they use the same technique: percentage VS absolute value

If the total number of people who retired and moved has increased then the percentage decrease does not indicate the decrease in the number of customers for Florida businesses who cater for retirees
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 13:37
Yes I think you are right OleC. Atleast we should not miss quesitons of this type.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 14:19
D
Agree with other explanations

The key catch is "the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points "
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2004, 05:41
D -- more people but lesser percentage may still imply more people coming in
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2004, 19:49
Agree with D. Sorry for late coming
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2004, 06:42
Maybe I am complet off track but I think A could be possible.

If I look at D it is mentioning that "the total number of people who retired and moved to another state for their retirement has increased significantly over the past ten years". But what has this to do to weaken the argument that it will not influence the economic effect on local businesses in Florida?

From D we could say that there has been an increase in people who retired and moved to another state. But it does not mention that they move to Florida. It could be any other state as well.

From A we could say that Florida still is number one in receiving retirees although there is an decline. Therefore still most of the retirees of the US will enter Florida and therefore still most business to cater retirees is in Florida.

I know I am the only one who will choose A as an answer but what do you guys think of my approach. Maybe I am really off track with this question.

Correct me please if I am wrong.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2004, 10:56
Alex, you are wrong. A is just a statement from the argument and it must be ruled out immediately. It is just restating the argument.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2004, 16:42
A. Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another
when they retire than does any other state.
- Even if Florida has more retirees than any other state, this does not put down the fact that it is still too low to maintain the local business scene.

B. The number of people who move out of Florida to accept employment
in other states has increased over the past ten years.
- Not importatn. We're interested in retirees, not working community folks

C. There are far more local businesses in Florida that cater to
tourists than there are local businesses that cater to retirees.
- Good choice here. This goes to counter the claim many local businesses are going to suffer.

D. The total number of people who retired and moved to another state
for their retirement has increased significantly over the past ten
years.
- Nothing about Florida !

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
- We don't care about those leaving, but the impact of the number currently staying in Florida thus sustaining the local businesses
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2004, 16:46
D. The total number of people who retired and moved to another state
for their retirement has increased significantly over the past ten
years.
I want to say something about D. Even if total number of people may be greater than 3% points, this doesn't mean more are going Florida. Instead, the greater numbers might be going to Washington, New York, anywhere except Florida. This choice is making too much of an assumption.
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