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The unemployment rate in the United States fell from 7.5

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The unemployment rate in the United States fell from 7.5 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2009, 13:49
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The unemployment rate in the United States fell
from 7.5 percent in 1981 to 6.9 percent in 1986. It
cannot, however, be properly concluded from these
statistics that the number of unemployed in 1986
was lower than it had been in 1981 because-----.
(A) help-wanted advertisements increased between
1981 and 1986
(B) many of the high-paying industrial jobs avail-
able in 1981 were replaced by low-wage ser-
vice jobs in 1986, resulting in displacements
of hundreds of thousands of workers
(C) in some midwestern industrial states, the unem-
ployment rate was much higher in 1986 than
it had been in 1981
(D) the total available work force, including those
with and without employment, increased
between 1981 and 1986
(E) the average time that employees stay in any
one job dropped during the period 1981
to 1986
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Re: Unemployment [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2009, 00:58
D.

Question asked for the 'number of unemployed'. Percentages alone are insufficient, we need absolute figures.
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Re: Unemployment [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2009, 01:12
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The unemployment rate in the United States fell
from 7.5 percent in 1981 to 6.9 percent in 1986. It
cannot, however, be properly concluded from these
statistics that the number of unemployed in 1986
was lower than it had been in 1981 because-----.
(A) help-wanted advertisements increased between
1981 and 1986
(B) many of the high-paying industrial jobs avail-
able in 1981 were replaced by low-wage ser-
vice jobs in 1986, resulting in displacements
of hundreds of thousands of workers
(C) in some midwestern industrial states, the unem-
ployment rate was much higher in 1986 than
it had been in 1981
(D) the total available work force, including those
with and without employment, increased
between 1981 and 1986
(E) the average time that employees stay in any
one job dropped during the period 1981
to 1986



IMO :D ..rate cant be compared with the number.
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Re: Unemployment [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2009, 05:14
OA D
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Re: Unemployment [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 03:44
D

Typical "number" vs "rate" question.

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Re: Unemployment [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 16:31
D...percentage and actual number are different..
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Re: Unemployment [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2009, 03:26
I wud go with option D since the option talks abt the increase in the denominator.
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Re: Unemployment [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2009, 08:37
D is the only relvant choice. This question does not need elimination strategy.
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Re: Unemployment [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2009, 18:59
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Yes, D it is. It's one of that percentage and actual numbers problem. Increase or decrease in percentage doesn't affect numbers accordingly in some cases.
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Re: Unemployment [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2009, 19:08
Answer D

If total population has increased, total unemployed might have increased even though the percentage of unemployed has decreased.
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