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# Retire in Florida

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13 Nov 2004, 11:57

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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13 Nov 2004, 12:37
whew, a tough one

(D) is my choice

it attacks the premises on which the conclusion is based

numbers n proportion is the name of the game here

it is possible that the no. of people moving to florida must have remained constant, while the total people moving has increased. thus making the proportion to drop while the number remains constant.

what is the OA?
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13 Nov 2004, 12:44
I'd go for D although this one really puzzled me!
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13 Nov 2004, 12:48
Chin_Min,

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it is possible that the no. of people moving to florida must have remained constant, while the total people moving has increased. thus making the proportion to drop while the number remains constant

Great Job.
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14 Nov 2004, 20:44
D it is
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15 Nov 2004, 11:05
I vote for D.
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15 Nov 2004, 14:04
another vote for D
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15 Nov 2004, 14:27
Got D with the same reasoning as chin_min.

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15 Nov 2004, 14:27
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