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14 Jul 2015, 01:26
282552 wrote:
I picked D.
Isn't it correct to assume that the number of unemployed people who were employed did not change in the three months.
I am not sure why are we saying that moving to other state is OUT OF SCOPE.

Moving to other state will not affect "nationwide figures".

Nationwide Figures:

State A - 100
State B - 120
State C - 60
... etc

State A - 120
State B - 100
State C - 60

It doesn't really matter, right? Total nationwide figure would be the same.
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A reduction in the number of people filing new claims for state unemployment benefits is one of the first signs that a nationwide recession is coming to an end. Usually such a reduction indicates that companies are not dismissing as many people, a sure sign of economic recovery. The number of people collecting state unemployment benefits has dropped considerably over the last three months, so the recession is coming to an end.

Which of the following is assumed in the passage above?

A) A majority of the number of people who became eligible to file unemployment benefits from the state in the past three months chose to do so. The proportion of those who filed out of the eligible group isn't relevant to the argument.
B) The drop in the number of people collecting unemployment benefits from the state cannot be traced to a reduction in the number of people being dismissed from minimum wage jobs. A reduction in dismissals from any particular job class doesn't affect the argument.
C) A substantial number of people who had been collecting unemployment benefits have been rehired by their former employers during the last three months.The argument pertains to a reduction in new claims and fewer dismissals, not rehired people.
D) A substantial number of people have not in the last three months moved from one state where they have collected unemployment benefits to another state where they continue to receive jobless benefits.The premise is based on state benefits in general. Even if they did receive benefits in another state it would be reflected in nationwide data.
E) The reduction in the number of people collecting unemployment benefits from the state is not because of an increase in the number of people whose benefits came to an end. There is no true reduction if many or all of the cases are due to loss of benefits.
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08 Aug 2015, 03:28
Hello,

I was also between A and E, and I managed to choose E!!! Yippie!
But I thought of sth that might be a bit simpler to think about.

I thought that A describes a situation that should be true all year round. That it, people become eligible to collect unemployment benefits throughout the year. So, this is a condition that applies at every time period. If for the past 3 months there are still many people eligible to ask for benefits and haven't done so yet, I guess this would be the case 3 months before that, in the past 4 months, in the past 7 months or in any number of months in the year. So, this shouldn't make any difference.
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18 Oct 2017, 23:23
So in this argument I narrowed down the options to A and E . So in A they say that - A majority of the number of people who became eligible to file unemployment benefits from the state in the past three months chose to do so. So here the people who file for the unemployment benefit are the ones who are victims of the recession and so if majority of them have filed then the there are fewer people who are facing the effects pf recession and hence this statement is a strengthener. Can someone please let me know if my reasoning is correct. Thank you.
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30 Oct 2017, 05:39
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So in this argument I narrowed down the options to A and E . So in A they say that - A majority of the number of people who became eligible to file unemployment benefits from the state in the past three months chose to do so. So here the people who file for the unemployment benefit are the ones who are victims of the recession and so if majority of them have filed then the there are fewer people who are facing the effects pf recession and hence this statement is a strengthener. Can someone please let me know if my reasoning is correct. Thank you.

longhaul123,

I was in the same boat you are. If you negate A, which you can do a few ways you come to the realization that numbers are important here, but are not given.

Negation: A minority of the number of people who became eligible to file unemployment benefits from the state in the past three months chose to do so
Or:A majority of the number of people who became eligible to file unemployment benefits from the state in the past three months chose not to do so

-- When looking at both of these options, we could be referring to 5 people, or we could be referring to 5,000,000 people. So we cannot say whether this weakens our conclusion upon negation.

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30 Oct 2017, 13:29
A reduction in the number of people filing new claims for state unemployment benefits is one of the first signs that a nationwide recession is coming to an end. Usually such a reduction indicates that companies are not dismissing as many people, a sure sign of economic recovery. The number of people collecting state unemployment benefits has dropped considerably over the last three months, so the recession is coming to an end.

Which of the following is assumed in the passage above?

A) A majority of the number of people who became eligible to file unemployment benefits from the state in the past three months chose to do so. -This is just a stated fact. It doesn't state anything related to the conclusion that the recession is coming to an end.
B) The drop in the number of people collecting unemployment benefits from the state cannot be traced to a reduction in the number of people being dismissed from minimum wage jobs. -minimum wage jobs? The passage doesn't talk about such jobs in particular. Out of scope.
C) A substantial number of people who had been collecting unemployment benefits have been rehired by their former employers during the last three months. -The people might be rehired, but an equal number may be fired as well.
D) A substantial number of people have not in the last three months moved from one state where they have collected unemployment benefits to another state where they continue to receive jobless benefits. -This weakens the argument.
E) The reduction in the number of people collecting unemployment benefits from the state is not because of an increase in the number of people whose benefits came to an end. -Correct. It removes the probability of the presence of another cause of reduction in unemployment.
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