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# In the United States, of the people who moved from one state

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In the United States, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage
who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local
businesses in Florida cater to retirees, these declines are likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect
on these businesses and therefore on the economy of Florida.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument given?
(A) People who moved from one state to another when they retired moved a greater distance, on average,
last year than such people did ten years ago.
(B) People were more likely to retire to North Carolina from another state last year than people were
ten years ago.
(C) The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased signifi cantly
over the past ten years.
(D) The number of people who left Florida when they retired to live in another state was greater last year than
it was ten years ago.
(E) Florida attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other
state.

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09 Oct 2010, 04:02
I vote for option C. Even though there is a drop of 3% points, if the overall population of retired people moving into Florida increases then the increase would more than offset the 3% point decrease.
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09 Nov 2010, 03:43
I hardly find any answer choice correct. I don't agree with C because the C refers to the increase in the retirees who move from one state to another in general. It doesn't specifically refer to Florida. I think it's a big assumption to apply that fact to Florida.
That left me with option E.
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15 Nov 2010, 06:58
Though stinks it has to be C, others are no close
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Actually, C doesn't stink.
Consider the stimulus again:
"Of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Florida has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years."

So ten years back, let's say, 100 people moved from one to another state. Let's also assume 30 of those 100 moved to Florida. In US, 30% of people who were moving after retirement, moved to Florida.

It has gone down to 27%.

What option C says is: "The number of people who moved from one state to another when they retired has increased significantly
over the past ten years"

The total number of people who are moving has increased significantly.
So now, perhaps 200 people move from one state to another as compared to 100 of ten years back. Then 27% would be 54, still much greater than 30.
So there may not have been any negative effect, in fact there might have been a positive effect because more people are moving to Florida. Therefore, it weakens the conclusion.
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C &E are the best choices.
E is abmiguous with the statement more which is quite relative.
Hence C looks good.
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I hardly find any answer choice correct. I don't agree with C because the C refers to the increase in the retirees who move from one state to another in general. It doesn't specifically refer to Florida. I think it's a big assumption to apply that fact to Florida.
That left me with option E.

well OA is C, because it is the best choice out of all 5, yah smtimes u cannot agree with any of the options
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Hi Karishma,
Can you elaborate on why E should be eliminated.
I basically want to be sure that the reason for eliminating this choice is correct at my end.
Is it correct to think that how Florida attracts retirees compared to other states does not have an impact on weakening the conclusion whereas as long as the total number of people who have retired and moved to Florida is greater than the 3% of the people who have moved out of Florida.
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Hi Karishma,
Can you elaborate on why E should be eliminated.
I basically want to be sure that the reason for eliminating this choice is correct at my end.
Is it correct to think that how Florida attracts retirees compared to other states does not have an impact on weakening the conclusion whereas as long as the total number of people who have retired and moved to Florida is greater than the 3% of the people who have moved out of Florida.

Yes, you are right. Whether Florida is the state that gets the most number of people or second most number of people etc is immaterial.
As long as it retains (or increases) the number of people settling there after retirement, its economy will not be affected. We know that in percentage terms, number of people retiring to Florida has decreased but in absolute terms, the number of people retiring there could actually have stayed same or even increased. If more people are retiring now, a smaller percentage could still lead to more actual number (as shown in my post above). The comparison of number of people shifting to Florida now is only with the number of people who shifted to Florida ten years back. Number of people shifting to any other state has nothing to do with this argument.
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C for me. If the "number" of people who moved from one state to another after retirement has increased over the past 10 years, then it is possible that despite the decrease in the "percentage" of people who retired to Florida, the actual "number" of people who retired to Florida might actually have increased over the past 10 years.

If that's the case and the number of people who retired to Florida has increased, then there is no reason to believe that the percentage decrease of people retiring to Florida would translate into any negative economic effects on the local businesses in Florida. This is because the local businesses clearly have to do with the "number" of people who retire to Florida, and not the "percentage" of who retire to Florida.
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