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Between 1947 and 1972, the number of women in the labor force

(A) increased by about 50%
(B) increased by about 100%
(C) increased by about 150%
(D) increased by about 200%
(E) increased by about 250%
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Between 1947 and 1972, the number of women in the labor force

(A) increased by about 50%
(B) increased by about 100%
(C) increased by about 150%
(D) increased by about 200%
(E) increased by about 250%

I managed to make this problem a lot harder than it is. It is straightforward. Derive the actual number of women from the graph only. (I mistakenly read the graph as the total workforce, men and women. It is women only.)

Actual number of women in the workforce in 1947 = about 17 M

Actual number of women in the workforce in 1972 = about 34 M

Percent increase = \(\frac{New-Old}{Old}=\frac{34-17}{17}=\frac{17}{17} = 1.0 * 100\) =

100 percent increase
(If something doubles, that equals a 100% increase)

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Between 1947 and 1972, the number of women in the labor force

(A) increased by about 50%
(B) increased by about 100%
(C) increased by about 150%
(D) increased by about 200%
(E) increased by about 250%


The number of women in the labor force in 1947 was approximately 16.5 million.

The number in 1972 was approximately 33.5 million.

Thus, the increase was:

(335 - 16.5)/16.5 x 100 = 17/36.5 x 100 ≈ 100 percent

(Note that a 100% increase means that the number doubled.)

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