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Politician: From the time our party took office almost four

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Politician: From the time our party took office almost four years ago the number of people unemployed city-wide increased by less than 20 percent. The opposition party controlled city government during the four preceding years, and the number of unemployed city residents rose by over 20 percent. Thus, due to our leadership, fewer people now find themselves among the ranks of the unemployed, whatever the opposition may claim.

The reasoning in the politician’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that

(A) the claims made by the opposition are simply dismissed without being specified

(B) no evidence has been offered to show that any decline in unemployment over the past four years was uniform throughout all areas of the city

(C) the issue of how much unemployment in the city is affected by seasonal fluctuations is ignored

(D) the evidence cited in support of the conclusion actually provides more support for the denial of the conclusion

(E) the possibility has not been addressed that any increase in the number of people employed is due to programs supported by the opposition party

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New post 05 Oct 2017, 03:03
The answer is A
The claims being made by the opposition are simply dismissed without being specified.They have not even been suggested.Give me kudos . I need them badly to increase my score.
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Politician: From the time our party took office almost four years ago the number of people unemployed city-wide increased by less than 20 percent. The opposition party controlled city government during the four preceding years, and the number of unemployed city residents rose by over 20 percent. Thus, due to our leadership, fewer people now find themselves among the ranks of the unemployed, whatever the opposition may claim.

The reasoning in the politician’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that

(A) the claims made by the opposition are simply dismissed without being specified

(B) no evidence has been offered to show that any decline in unemployment over the past four years was uniform throughout all areas of the city

(C) the issue of how much unemployment in the city is affected by seasonal fluctuations is ignored

(D) the evidence cited in support of the conclusion actually provides more support for the denial of the conclusion

(E) the possibility has not been addressed that any increase in the number of people employed is due to programs supported by the opposition party

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Conclusion is : fewer people now find themselves among the ranks of the unemployed, whatever the opposition may claim.-----we are talking about absolute number here ..

Now according to argument : 4 years back , let 100 were unemployed ...
now as politician stated , the unemployment rate rose less than 20% in his tenure ....so let say 15 %...
Now latest number of people unemployment --115 ...That is greater than previous number ...

hence the conclusion is faulty ..that is what D is saying ,
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Suppose there were 100 enemployed people 8 years ago and let us assume that the the unemployment rose by 30% (As it is mentioned that the unemployment rose by over 20%). Now the number of unemployed people is 130.

At this point, the party belonging to the politician has taken charge and the unemployment rose by 10 % (As it is mentioned that the unemployment rose by under 20%).Now the number of unemployed people is 130*1.10 =143>130

Hence D
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Good explanation from MGMAT:

(A) is not true. There is no claim offered by the opposition that is simply dismissed. We would need to be able to point to a claim made by the opposition that the author dismisses, and even then the claim would need to be central to the politician's argument.
(B) is too specific. The argument never concludes that the unemployment was uniform throughout all areas of the city.
(C) is too narrow in scope. Definitely season fluctuations could be at play, but could not influence numbers that span a four year period.
(E) is the most tempting of the incorrect answers. It addresses a possible alternative cause, but those programs under the opposition, might yet have been supported by the politician's party.
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Can someone explain me that how option D is correct?
It says that 'more support' ..
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