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According to a report by the American Staffing Federation (ASF), the government’s new policy for the retail industry is likely to create 2 million jobs for fresh graduates over the next three years. The ASF has, thus, welcomed the government’s move to implement this policy across the nation as its implementation will lead to a lowering of the national unemployment rate.

Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the accuracy of AFS’ conclusion?


(A) Opponents of the policy will not allow the government to implement the policy anytime soon

(B) The new policy will result in a large number of uneducated workers becoming redundant and, as a result, losing their jobs

(C) There are several other ways of lowering the national unemployment rate available to the government

(D) The nation faces more serious problems than unemployment and the government should instead focus on resolving those first

(E) The implementation of the new policy is going to cost the government a considerable amount of money so the government will most likely increase corporate tax rates to recover this amount



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AFS' conclusion: unemployment rate will fall as a result of the government's new policy.

B) The new policy will result in a large number of uneducated workers becoming redundant and, as a result, losing their jobs.

If B) were true, then uneducated workers would lose their jobs, which would have an increasing effect the unemployment rate. Because the unemployment rate could potentially increase as a result of the new policy, B) would cast the most doubt on the accuracy of the conclusion, so I'd go with B).
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According to a report by the American Staffing Federation (ASF), the government’s new policy for the retail industry is likely to create 2 million jobs for fresh graduates over the next three years. The ASF has, thus, welcomed the government’s move to implement this policy across the nation as its implementation will lead to a lowering of the national unemployment rate.

Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the accuracy of AFS’ conclusion?

Given: implementation of new policy will create 2million jobs in retail sector and decrease the unemployment rate.

If this new policy increase the unemployment then the argument weakens.

Choice B does the same.


(A) Opponents of the policy will not allow the government to implement the policy anytime soon (we are concerned about the effects of new policy,doesn't address the issue)

(B) The new policy will result in a large number of uneducated workers becoming redundant and, as a result, losing their jobs (contender)

(C) There are several other ways of lowering the national unemployment rate available to the government(we are not concerned with other ways)

(D) The nation faces more serious problems than unemployment and the government should instead focus on resolving those first (doesn't address the issue)

(E) The implementation of the new policy is going to cost the government a considerable amount of money so the government will most likely increase corporate tax rates to recover this amount(what if Gov increases tax rates,gov is going to achieve its target)

Choice B

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According to a report by the American Staffing Federation (ASF), the government’s new policy for the retail industry is likely to create 2 million jobs for fresh graduates over the next three years. The ASF has, thus, welcomed the government’s move to implement this policy across the nation as its implementation will lead to a lowering of the national unemployment rate.

Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the accuracy of AFS’ conclusion?


(A) Opponents of the policy will not allow the government to implement the policy anytime soon

(B) The new policy will result in a large number of uneducated workers becoming redundant and, as a result, losing their jobs

(C) There are several other ways of lowering the national unemployment rate available to the government

(D) The nation faces more serious problems than unemployment and the government should instead focus on resolving those first

(E) The implementation of the new policy is going to cost the government a considerable amount of money so the government will most likely increase corporate tax rates to recover this amount




The new policy is surely going to reduce unemployment by creation of new jobs, but what about the job loss due to this process....

Answer must be (B)
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According to a report by the American Staffing Federation (ASF), the government’s new policy for the retail industry is likely to create 2 million jobs for fresh graduates over the next three years. The ASF has, thus, welcomed the government’s move to implement this policy across the nation as its implementation will lead to a lowering of the national unemployment rate.

Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the accuracy of AFS’ conclusion?


(A) Opponents of the policy will not allow the government to implement the policy anytime soon

(B) The new policy will result in a large number of uneducated workers becoming redundant and, as a result, losing their jobs

(C) There are several other ways of lowering the national unemployment rate available to the government

(D) The nation faces more serious problems than unemployment and the government should instead focus on resolving those first

(E) The implementation of the new policy is going to cost the government a considerable amount of money so the government will most likely increase corporate tax rates to recover this amount

+1 for B.......only option that casts doubt on the accuracy of the argument
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New post 27 Dec 2018, 21:24
Just to add another Option to this Question

What if " The retail industry already has sufficient vacancies and unemployed people don't want to work in Retail."
In this case the creation of 2 million jobs in retail industry (Even though premise doesn't explicitly state this) will not lead to a lowering of the national unemployment rate.
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