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# QOTD #34 To improve productivity, manufacturing companies have

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To improve productivity, manufacturing companies have recently begun restructuring work to produce more goods with fewer assembly-line workers, and the companies have laid off many workers as a consequence. The workers laid off have been those with the least seniority(time on the job), generally the younger workers.

The statements above, if true, most strongly support which of the following as a conclusion？

(A) The products manufactured by the companies are not undergoing design changes while the manufacturing jobs are being restructured.
(B) When assembly-line workers have made sug- gestions for improvements in manufacturing processes, some suggestions have been implemented, but many have not.
(C) Assembly-line workers now need increased reading and mathematical skills to do their jobs.
(D) Some of the innovations in assembly-line processes and procedures that were made to increase productivity have instead proved to be counterproductive.
(E) The manufacturing companies are increasing the average age of their assembly-line workforce while still seeking to increase production.

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15 Dec 2017, 01:16
A - out of scope - the argument does not discuss "design changes"?
B - out of scope - there is nothing about workers being 'suggestive' (!)
C - out of scope - we are not discussing skills in the argument
D - cannot be the conclusion since we do not know if they lay off of younger workers has resulted in an increase or decrease in productivity
E - bingo - we know that since the younger workers have been laid off, the average age has gone up in these companies
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