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Political Advertisement: Mayor Delmont’s critics complain about the jobs that were lost in the city under Delmont’s leadership. Yet the fact is that not only were more jobs created than were eliminated, but the average pay for these new jobs has been higher than the average pay for jobs citywide every year since Delmont took office. So there can be no question that throughout Delmont’s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument in the advertisement?

A. The average pay for jobs created in the city during the past three years was higher than the average pay for jobs created in the city earlier in Mayor Delmont’s tenure.

B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.

C. Some of the jobs created in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure have in the meantime been eliminated again.

D. The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.

E. The average pay for jobs in the city is currently higher than it is for jobs in the suburbs surrounding the city.
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15 Oct 2007, 13:48
gmatmilitary wrote:
Mayor Delmont’s critics complain about the jobs that were lost in the city under Delmont’s leadership. Yet the fact is that not only were more jobs created than were eliminated, but the average pay for these new jobs has been higher than the average pay
for jobs citywide every year since Delmont took office. So there can be no question that throughout Delmont’s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.
Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument in the advertisement?
A. The average pay for jobs created in the city during the past three years was higher than the average pay for jobs created in the city earlier in Mayor Delmont’s tenure.
B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.
C. Some of the jobs created in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure have in the meantime been eliminated again.
D. The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.
E. The average pay for jobs in the city is currently higher than it is for jobs in the suburbs surrounding the city.

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D What if the jobs eliminated paid very high salaries? D eliminates this possibility.
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gmatmilitary wrote:
Mayor Delmont’s critics complain about the jobs that were lost in the city under Delmont’s leadership. Yet the fact is that not only were more jobs created than were eliminated, but the average pay for these new jobs has been higher than the average pay for jobs citywide every year since Delmont took office. So there can be no question that throughout Delmont’s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.
Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument in the advertisement?
A. The average pay for jobs created in the city during the past three years was higher than the average pay for jobs created in the city earlier in Mayor Delmont’s tenure.

We have to show that "throughout Delmont’s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger". During the first three years of his tenure Delmont could have paid people peanuts. Which means there is no that even now Delmont could be paying LESS than people earned before he took office.

B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.

This doesnt prove anything. The question is did Delmont raise pay AFTER he took office.

C. Some of the jobs created in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure have in the meantime been eliminated again.
So Delmont created some jobs and then eliminated these higher paying jobs. Result: average might have remained same.

D. The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.
If Delmont eliminates jobs with pay "roughly equal to the average pay for jobs citywide" that means he is eliminating lower pay jobs. This means his higher paying newer jobs are pushing the city average up.

E. The average pay for jobs in the city is currently higher than it is for jobs in the suburbs surrounding the city.
Irrelevant suburbs and city pay has nothing to do with each other.
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gmatmilitary wrote:
Mayor Delmont’s critics complain about the jobs that were lost in the city under Delmont’s leadership. Yet the fact is that not only were more jobs created than were eliminated, but the average pay for these new jobs has been higher than the average pay for jobs citywide every year since Delmont took office. So there can be no question that throughout Delmont’s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.
Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument in the advertisement?
A. The average pay for jobs created in the city during the past three years was higher than the average pay for jobs created in the city earlier in Mayor Delmont’s tenure.

We have to show that "throughout Delmont’s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger". During the first three years of his tenure Delmont could have paid people peanuts. Which means there is no that even now Delmont could be paying LESS than people earned before he took office.

B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.

This doesnt prove anything. The question is did Delmont raise pay AFTER he took office.

C. Some of the jobs created in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure have in the meantime been eliminated again.
So Delmont created some jobs and then eliminated these higher paying jobs. Result: average might have remained same.

D. The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.
If Delmont eliminates jobs with pay "roughly equal to the average pay for jobs citywide" that means he is eliminating lower pay jobs. This means his higher paying newer jobs are pushing the city average up.

E. The average pay for jobs in the city is currently higher than it is for jobs in the suburbs surrounding the city.
Irrelevant suburbs and city pay has nothing to do with each other.

Gluon great explanation!!!
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16 Oct 2007, 03:11
Great explaination. I also agree that it is D. However, the offical answer was A. This question was taken from an 800 score Set. I was sure that they made an error here.

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Mayor Delmont’s critics complain about the jobs that were lost in the city under Delmont’s leadership. Yet the fact is that not only were more jobs created than were eliminated, but the average pay for these new jobs has been higher than the average pay for jobs citywide every year since Delmont took office. So there can be no question that throughout Delmont’s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument in the advertisement?
A. The average pay for jobs created in the city during the past three years was higher than the average pay for jobs created in the city earlier in Mayor Delmont’s tenure.
B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.
C. Some of the jobs created in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure have in the meantime been eliminated again.
D. The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.
E. The average pay for jobs in the city is currently higher than it is for jobs in the suburbs surrounding the city.
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14 May 2008, 17:07
B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.
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14 May 2008, 19:30
A.

actually, i changed my mind after re-reading carefully. D!

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14 May 2008, 19:34
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Mayor Delmont’s critics complain about the jobs that were lost in the city under Delmont’s leadership. Yet the fact is that not only were more jobs created than were eliminated, but the average pay for these new jobs has been higher than the average pay for jobs citywide every year since Delmont took office. So there can be no question that throughout Delmont’s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument in the advertisement?
A. The average pay for jobs created in the city during the past three years was higher than the average pay for jobs created in the city earlier in Mayor Delmont’s tenure.
B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.
C. Some of the jobs created in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure have in the meantime been eliminated again.
D. The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.
E. The average pay for jobs in the city is currently higher than it is for jobs in the suburbs surrounding the city.

I choose B. In A, why focus on 3 years, C doesn't support the argument and D and E do not apply.
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14 May 2008, 19:39
Very good question. +1 to saravalli.

I went for A but I can see why B is better.

A just compares averages over 2 periods of time in the mayor's tenure. This average does not mean that there has been a year on year increase in the average paycheck. For instance, out of 3 years -its possible that they pay decreased in one year and then increased in the other two.

But from B it can be inferred that the average paycheck over a rolling period of 10 years will increase even if the total paycheck value remains the same for many years.
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Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument in the advertisement?
A. The average pay for jobs created in the city during the past three years was higher than the average pay for jobs created in the city earlier in Mayor Delmont’s tenure.
B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.
C. Some of the jobs created in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure have in the meantime been eliminated again.
D. The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.
E. The average pay for jobs in the city is currently higher than it is for jobs in the suburbs surrounding the city.

A - CORRECT. It supports the conclusion. The average pay is getting steadily bigger throughout Delmont’s tenure.
B - Eliminate. It says ten year low. How much now ? No clue.
C- Eliminate - Some (Never in Strengthening question)
D - Eliminate - Does not Strengthen
E - Eliminate - Wrong comparison . Time must be involved during comparison.
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14 May 2008, 20:32
I think its D.

Lets say that the few jobs being lost were the ones with very high pay, way above city-wide average. So, now even if the new jobs have pay greater than city-wide average, the overall pay average of the city will come down.

D states the assumption made in the argument that the jobs lost were with average salary.
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I think its D.

Lets say that the few jobs being lost were the ones with very high pay, way above city-wide average. So, now even if the new jobs have pay greater than city-wide average, the overall pay average of the city will come down.

D states the assumption made in the argument that the jobs lost were with average salary.
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One more for D. Will provide explanation if it is correct.
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15 May 2008, 07:30
D.

It boils down to between B and D for me.

B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.
The argument is he created higher paying jobs, thus did a good job. This answer is ambiguous since average pay increase later can be attributed to other reasons.

D. The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.
This one best explains why the average pay has been increased.

I think.
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15 May 2008, 08:56
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D's critics complain -> job loss under D.
Fact. more jobs created than eliminated & avg. pay higher for new jobs every year since
(conclusion) So : During D's time avg. pay check is getting bigger.

saravalli wrote:
Mayor Delmont’s critics complain about the jobs that were lost in the city under Delmont’s leadership. Yet the fact is that not only were more jobs created than were eliminated, but the average pay for these new jobs has been higher than the average pay for jobs citywide every year since Delmont took office. So there can be no question that throughout Delmont’s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument in the advertisement?
A. The average pay for jobs created in the city during the past three years was higher than the average pay for jobs created in the city earlier in Mayor Delmont’s tenure.
>> Irrelevant, we want to support what happend during D's tenure not after.

B. Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.
>> This supports the argument. He picked up at a low and it has been growing steadily.

C. Some of the jobs created in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure have in the meantime been eliminated again.
>> Doesnt help our conclusion.
D. The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmont’s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.
>> We are not interested in the avg. pay of eliminated jobs.

E. The average pay for jobs in the city is currently higher than it is for jobs in the suburbs surrounding the city.
>> Irrelevant to the argument.
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15 May 2008, 09:40
I say D.

We know that the jobs being created are higher than the average jobs. But we dont know what jobs are being lost.

ex. The average pay is $1000. The Mayor could be adding a lot of jobs that pay$1500 and losing a few jobs that pay \$3000.

In order to know for sure if your increasing the average you need to know the value of the jobs being lost.
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