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Which of the following best completes the passage below?
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______
(B) many of the high-paying industrial jobs available in 1981 were replaced by low-wage service jobs in 1986, resulting in displacements of hundreds of thousands of workers
(C) in some midwestern industrial states, the unemployment 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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29 Aug 2012, 09:26
this is numbers and percentages problem..

increase or decrease in percentage need not proportionately increase or decrease the numbers which is proved by the option d

which states that number of both employed and unemployed have increased i.e ultimately the no. of unemployed has increased

the percentages is entirely a different issue here
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Mohan,

Why is option C not correct? Also can u explain increase or decrease in percentage doesn't imply to increase or decrease in numbers through a small example? Thanks
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Mohan,

Why is option C not correct? Also can u explain increase or decrease in percentage doesn't imply to increase or decrease in numbers through a small example? Thanks

This is my first so spare me if I'm running around trees.
suppose out of 1000 people living in 1981, 100 were eligible for employment but only 80 were actually employed so employement rate would be calculated with respect to 100 people meaning 20% were unemployed.
Now in 1986 as the population increased to say 2000, 200 were eligible out of which only 100 were actually employed so employment rate would be calculated with respect to 200 people meaning 50% were unemployed !
Hope this helps ! Not quite sure why it can't be C Sorry
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