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# A factory cut its labor force by 16 percent, but then increased it by

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A factory cut its labor force by 16 percent, but then increased it by 25 percent of the new amount. What was the net percent change in the size of the workforce?

A. a 5% Decrease
B. no net change
C. a 5% Increase
D. a 9% Increase
E. a 10% Increase

Source: Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook - Sixth Edition
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06 Jan 2019, 22:25
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Successive percentage change = -16+25-16*25/100 = 9-4 = 5% increase.

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06 Jan 2019, 22:32
Successive percentages.

A+B+(AB/100) is the final percentage change, so answer should be C.
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