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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 Delmontâ€™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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21 Sep 2006, 08:56
I think it is A. Explain if it is right.
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21 Sep 2006, 09:08
I am for A too.
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21 Sep 2006, 11:44
A for me as well.

The choice to be made is b/w A and B.

B does not refer to the increase in the average wages during the Mayor's tenure. A does.
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21 Sep 2006, 14:23
B:Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.

If the avg pay in the city was the lowest then the assertion that the average paycheck in the city is getting bigger is true.

It was between A & B; A refers to three years which threw a wrench in it for me.
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21 Sep 2006, 18:23
haas_mba07 wrote:
B:Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.

If the avg pay in the city was the lowest then the assertion that the average paycheck in the city is getting bigger is true.

It was between A & B; A refers to three years which threw a wrench in it for me.

B actually weakens it!

If it was 10 year low when he took office, he did not have to do much work and the salary would increase by itself.
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21 Sep 2006, 18:56
I guess you are right...

Shouldn't try to answer questions at work...

tennis_ball wrote:
haas_mba07 wrote:
B:Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.

If the avg pay in the city was the lowest then the assertion that the average paycheck in the city is getting bigger is true.

It was between A & B; A refers to three years which threw a wrench in it for me.

B actually weakens it!

If it was 10 year low when he took office, he did not have to do much work and the salary would increase by itself.
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21 Sep 2006, 19:53
haas_mba07 wrote:
I guess you are right...

Shouldn't try to answer questions at work...

tennis_ball wrote:
haas_mba07 wrote:
B:Average pay in the city was at a ten-year low when Mayor Delmont took office.

If the avg pay in the city was the lowest then the assertion that the average paycheck in the city is getting bigger is true.

It was between A & B; A refers to three years which threw a wrench in it for me.

B actually weakens it!

If it was 10 year low when he took office, he did not have to do much work and the salary would increase by itself.

I still think B is right.

What is the conclusion?

"So there can be no question that throughout Delmontâ€™s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger"

Is n't B strengthening this conclusion?
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22 Sep 2006, 00:26
Hmm....I'll go for D. Will explain if right...
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22 Sep 2006, 00:44
I would go for (A) too.(D) does not support the argument that the new jobs created have a much better pay.
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22 Sep 2006, 01:02
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I would go for (A) too.(D) does not support the argument that the new jobs created have a much better pay.

Conclusion is: So there can be no question that throughout Delmontâ€™s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.

Not the average pay of the new jobs, the average paycheck in the city (old AND new jobs).
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22 Sep 2006, 03:28
A.

D:The average pay for jobs eliminated in the city during Mayor Delmontâ€™s tenure has been roughly equal every year to the average pay for jobs citywide.

I think it weakens the conclusion or at least doest hurt it.
If there is a job paid 1000\$ (=an existing job or a created one), the average paycheck doesn't change.
Better would it be, if eliminated jobs with low salaries were replaced with higher salaries jobs=> average paycheck wd ncrease.
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22 Sep 2006, 05:01
Tough but saying A
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22 Sep 2006, 06:51
I also will go for D)
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22 Sep 2006, 07:11
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sangarelli wrote:
I would go for (A) too.(D) does not support the argument that the new jobs created have a much better pay.

Conclusion is: So there can be no question that throughout Delmontâ€™s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.

Not the average pay of the new jobs, the average paycheck in the city (old AND new jobs).

The average pay would go up only if the new jobs so created pay more.
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27 Sep 2006, 12:39
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OA is D
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27 Sep 2006, 13:47
D, because if we have lost average jobs and supplanted them with better than average ones then the average must have increased.

The clue here that should set bells ringing is the comparison of the new jobs average to the existing average and then inferring that the total average is increasing.

What if the only large local employer closed (say IBM) at the start of Delmont's tenure? We could assume that 100's of well paid jobs were lost, leaving some pretty poor ones behind. Walmart then buy the IBM factory 6months later and turn it into a call center, recruiting all the unemployed (i.e. low ave salary) IBM workers at lower pay. The average has now increased but is still less than during the IBM heydays. D counters this by saying that the jobs lost were of average salary.
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27 Sep 2006, 17:39
D it should be

Argument
So there can be no question that throughout Delmontâ€™s tenure the average paycheck in this city has been getting steadily bigger.

From A
We know that the average pay was only getting bigger during the last 3 years. So it weakens the argument that the avg. was getting bigger throughout the Mayors tenure.

D
From the stem we know that the "average pay for these new jobs has been higher than the average pay for jobs citywide every year since Delmont took office"
And we know that the average pay of jobs eliminated has remained constant during Mayor Delmontâ€™s tenure .

Hence the average pay only could have increased.

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