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Q13: In the United States, of the people who moved from one [#permalink]
19 Jun 2006, 21:57
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Q13: 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.
I think it should be D. as If the total no. of people who shift increases, and if the percentage of them who moved to florida decline, it doesn't mean that number of people coming to florida has decreased.
Moreover the problem with C is although more number of businesses cater to tourist, but there is significant number who are catering to retire people. So if the number of retire goes down, these significant number will get affected, which in turn will affect economy.
D talks about total # of people while the argument focuses on people moving to Florida.
C makes sense because if local businesses are centered around tourism, they won't be much affected by the decreasing # of retiree in Florida. This directly attacks the center of argument.
Because the number of people has significantly increased, even despite the persentage drop, the total number of people who come to Florida will probably increase. So there is no reason for local businesses to be affected by that drop.