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1. Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the government-mandated minimum-wage level because employers cannot afford to pay that much for extra help. Therefore, if Congress institutes a subminimum wage, a new lower legal wage for teenagers, the teenage unemployment rate, which has been rising since 1960, will no longer increase.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?
(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970тАЩs than it did in the 1960тАЩs.
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 09:23
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 09:29
E.

One of the premise for the argument is that since 1960 teenage unemployment has kept on increasing and the reason for that is that employers are unwilling to pay them the (what they think as high) minimum wage.

But if in certain years, the unemployment has declined then it stands to reason that unemployment in teenagers doesn't depend only on the minimum wage and other factors must play a part and should be considered thereby weakening the argument.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 09:55
Agree with E.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 11:37
Doesnt B really say the same thing? I see that E is could be right too but B says that since 1960 even when the minimum wage was constant unemployment rate went up, which means some other factor drove the teenage unemplyment rate up.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 11:41
Blue Agave, I don't think B is the right answer. The recommendation is to have a sub-minimum wage for teenagers because the minimum wage is considered too high to pay teens. So if as per B, the minimum wage is constant (but still too high to pay to teens), then it follows that teen unemployment will keep on increasing. So B is consistent with the argument presented in the passage and therefore not the right answer.

Of course, this is just my reply to your question. We will have to wait for OA.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 11:44
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Blue Agave, I don't think B is the right answer. The recommendation is to have a sub-minimum wage for teenagers because the minimum wage is considered too high to pay teens. So if as per B, the minimum wage is constant (but still too high to pay to teens), then it follows that teen unemployment will keep on increasing. So B is consistent with the argument presented in the passage and therefore not the right answer.

Of course, this is just my reply to your question. We will have to wait for OA.


Fair enough, that makes sense. Thanks for the explanation.

I vote E too :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 16:18
The argument is based in the assumption that if the minimun level is lowered, than the unemployment rate will not increase. Only B provides evidence to weaken the argument.

B for me.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2005, 17:31
I don't see any good answer here...only by POE I would go with B

(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.
it doesn't mean that if the minimum wage declines, the rate will decline too
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
seems the best answer here, but only because the others are really bad :?
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.
out of scope
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970тАЩs than it did in the 1960тАЩs.
no information that could be used with the rate/wage relation
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.
we just know that the rate has already declined even with the high current wages however it doesn't mean that reducing the wages would not work. Moreover we can not assume the reason of the decline.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 02:01
C,D,E - Out of scope.
A - Incorrect. Too much inference.
B is the only one which is close.

Hence B
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 02:09
C,D,E - Out of scope.
A - Incorrect. Too much inference.
B is the only one which is close.

Hence B
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C,D,E - Out of scope.
A - Incorrect. Too much inference.
B is the only one which is close.

Hence B
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 16:29
OA is B.
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Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 19:21
Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the government-mandated minimum-wage level because employers cannot afford to pay that much for extra help. Therefore, if Congress institutes a subminimum wage, a new lower legal wage for teenagers, the teenage unemployment rate, which has been rising since 1960, will no longer increase.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?

(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970’s than it did in the 1960’s.
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.
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Re: Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2011, 03:34
assumption : lowering the min wage levels will decrease the teenage unemployment rate

If there is increase in the teenage unemployment rate when the min wage levels are already down - the arg falls apart. That's B

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Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the government-mandated minimum-wage level because employers cannot afford to pay that much for extra help. Therefore, if Congress institutes a subminimum wage, a new lower legal wage for teenagers, the teenage unemployment rate, which has been rising since 1960, will no longer increase.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?

(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970’s than it did in the 1960’s.
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.
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Re: Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2011, 07:33
why not A.

Though B greatly weakens the argument.
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Re: Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2011, 09:50
The best answer is B. This is an assumption question. Hence, we need to first find the conclusion.
Conclusion is : teenage umemployment rate will no longer increase if congress reduces(subminimum) the minimum wage.


A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risenThis talks about increase in mimnimum wages. Could be a possible answer but (b) is the best
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.Best answer. This says that the unemplyment rate increased even when the wage was constant.
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.Irrelevant to passage and conclusion
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970’s than it did in the 1960’s.Irrelevant to passage and conclusion
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960Irrelevant to passage and conclusion
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Re: Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2011, 03:22
@sun01, please read the question wording - most weaken. This in context for GMAT however implies that only one choice weakens, and A actually strengthens the argument.

because employers cannot afford to pay that much for extra help..

So if Minimum wages increase even more, they will not be able to afford further and hence teenage unemployment rate will rise.
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Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the go [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2013, 02:05
Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the government-mandated minimum-wage level because employers cannot afford to pay that much for extra help. Therefore, if Congress institutes a subminimum wage, a new lower legal wage for teenagers, the teenage unemployment rate, which has been rising since 1960, will no longer increase.
(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970's than it did in the 1960's.
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.

Please explain.

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Re: Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the go [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2013, 09:30
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Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the government-mandated minimum-wage level because employers cannot afford to pay that much for extra help. Therefore, if Congress institutes a subminimum wage, a new lower legal wage for teenagers, the teenage unemployment rate, which has been rising since 1960, will no longer increase.
(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970's than it did in the 1960's.
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.

Please explain.

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There is a common minimum wage for all. Teenagers are not as efficient as adults, so employers are preferring adults over teenagers for the same wage. This is causing unemployment in teenagers. The unemployment rate is rising since 1960. If the congress sets a subminimum wage for teenagers, this unemployment problem will get solved and the unemployment rate will not increase.

Overall, the argument says minimum wage is the only reason for teenage unemployment.

What will weaken the above case:

(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.
Could be true. This doesn't affect my argument. minimum wage is still a problem.
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
Correct. This says even if the minimum wage is not changing, my unemployment rate is still rising. so there must be some other cause and address the wage issue alone will not solve the problem. This weakens my argument.
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.
Out of scope.
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970's than it did in the 1960's.
Still it rose. My argument is not concerned with how fast or how slow the rate increased. It juts says the rate has increased
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.
Could be. But as long as minimum wage is the only cause, my argument is valid. Rise in unemployment from 1960 is not included in the argument as evidence. We cannot weaken the argument by attacking the problem(whether unemployment is rising or not), but the solution(congress' action) and the cause(common minimum wage).
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