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In year X, 8.7 percent of the men in the labor force were

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30 Dec 2007, 14:48
In year X, 8.7 percent of the men in the labor force were unemployed in June compared with 8.4 percent is May. If the number of men in the labor force was the same for both months, how many men were unemployed in June of that year?

(1) In May of year X, the number of unemployed men in the labor force was 3.36 million.

(2) In year X, 120,000 more men in the labor force were unemployed in June than in May
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30 Dec 2007, 15:42
yogachgolf wrote:
In year X, 8.7 percent of the men in the labor force were unemployed in June compared with 8.4 percent is May. If the number of men in the labor force was the same for both months, how many men were unemployed in June of that year?

(1) In May of year X, the number of unemployed men in the labor force was 3.36 million.

(2) In year X, 120,000 more men in the labor force were unemployed in June than in May

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30 Dec 2007, 16:24

Is it D ?
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30 Dec 2007, 16:28
It's D.

1) 3.36/8.4%(x) where x is the total # of men in the labor force.

2) u = 8.4%(x) and u + 120,000 = 8.7(x)
Solve for x, then calculate unemployed for june.
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30 Dec 2007, 16:29
I'd still like the oA?
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30 Sep 2011, 19:28
yogachgolf wrote:
In year X, 8.7 percent of the men in the labor force were unemployed in June compared with 8.4 percent is May. If the number of men in the labor force was the same for both months, how many men were unemployed in June of that year?

(1) In May of year X, the number of unemployed men in the labor force was 3.36 million.

(2) In year X, 120,000 more men in the labor force were unemployed in June than in May

Is my approach right?

1) 3.36 mil ---> 8.4 %
Therefore 8.7 % = 3.36 * 8.4
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8.7

Thus 1 is sufficient

2) 8.7 - 8.4 = 0.3%

0.3% -----> 120, 000

Therefore 8.7 % = 8.7 * 120,000
-------------
0.3

Thus 2 nd statement is sufficient

Thus OA = D

Let me know if my approach is correct...
Re: Labor Force   [#permalink] 30 Sep 2011, 19:28
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