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# A reduction in the number of people filing new claims for state unempl

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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
longhaul123 wrote:
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.

Does this help?
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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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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.

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.

C) A substantial number of people who had been collecting unemployment benefits have been rehired by their former employers during the last three months.

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.

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.

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Someone please tell why (A) isn't correct?

VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

A drop in the number of new claimants filing for benefits is an indicator that the recession is ending. The new claimants are the relevant group. Choice E eliminates the possibility that the reduction came from a different group: people who had already been collecting. By eliminating this possibility, choice E strengthens the argument. Whether people choose to file is irrelevant. Whether they do file is all that matters. Thus A is incorrect. In B, the type of work, minimum wage or otherwise, is irrelevant. Employers who rehired people are also irrelevant; therefore C is incorrect. Choice D is incorrect because what state people live in is irrelevant. The argument is about the data for state unemployment in general.
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