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Growth in the industry is at an all-time low, with total [#permalink]

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Growth in the industry is at an all-time low, with total employment <at less than 68,000 people and fewer> companies in the field than there have been during any of the past 10 years.

1. at less than 68000 people and fewer
2. at fewer than 68,000 people and fewer
3. lesser than 68,000 people and fewer
4. fewer than 68,000 and less
5. at less than 68,000 people and there r less

Growth in the industry is at an all-time low, with total employment <at less than 68,000 people and fewer> companies in the field than there have been during any of the past 10 years.

1. at less than 68000 people and fewer 2. at fewer than 68,000 people and fewer 3. lesser than 68,000 people and fewer 4. fewer than 68,000 and less 5. at less than 68,000 people and there r less

plz expalin ur answer.

I would say 1 or 2.
I like the "AT" for some reason.
Logically I want to pick 2, but the gut feeling is 1, so I will go with 1.
But then I saw Kdog's post and I would got with 2 then but it does not sound right....

I think the answer is 1.
The term, "fewer than", usually is wrong for GMAT test; thus, I can select
1 as my answer.
In addition, "at" is necessary and not can be eliminate it.

In the first part, the number of employees are not being compared to the number of employees in the last decade. If it was so, then there would be have been no growth. So, the comparative forms, "lesser and fewer" are out, which means, B, C and D are out.

In the second part, there is a comparison between number of companies now, and number of companies in the last decade. Therefore the comparative form should be used, i.e, fewer should be used. This eliminates E and therefore answer should be A.

I guess the answer is 1.
Employment is not countable so it has to be "less than". Therefore choice 2 is ruled out.
In case of companies we say few companies not less. Hence choices 3 & 4 are ruled out.

Unless someone can provide an explanation for #2, I strongly feel it is incorrect. "...with total employment at fewer than 68,000 people" is definitely NOT idiomatic...

it should be A. I saw somewhere in verbal lessons the answer was at fewer and fewer which I dont think correct because when we are talking abt stats and data we use less and when we use other count nouns we use fewer.