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8. Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the government-mandated minimum-wage level because employers cannot afford to pay that much for extra help. Therefore, if Congress institutes a subminimum wage, a new lower legal wage for teenagers, the teenage unemployment rate, which has been rising since 1960, will no longer increase.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?

(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.

(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.

(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.

(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970â€™s than it did in the 1960â€™s.

(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.

Please give your reasons too. Thanks
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Only (B) points to an alternative cause for the increase in teenage unemployment rates even when the minimum wage remains constant.
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15 Aug 2006, 22:07
(B) says with a constant wage, unemployment is still increasing.

It does not mean that a lower wage can not make it stop increasing. It is possible. (?)

Please help to explain.

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15 Aug 2006, 22:19
yudhix wrote:
(B) says with a constant wage, unemployment is still increasing.

It does not mean that a lower wage can not make it stop increasing. It is possible. (?)

Please help to explain.

Thanks.

Yes, I also agree. But (B) most weakens the passage given the choices available.
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15 Aug 2006, 22:25
Hi GMATT73, thanks for the explanation.

I was confused between (B) and (E).

I chose (E) because I was thinking that if the unemployment rate was occasionally declined since 1960, then there must be other reasons for that. (weaken the argument)

if (B) is true, it does not weaken because as I thought, it does mean that lower wage can not reduce the unemployment rate.

I am still confused why (B) is the best.

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15 Aug 2006, 23:19
Yup GMAT's rite coz at subminimum rate the unemployment rate might still increase according to (B)
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16 Aug 2006, 03:11
B for me 2 ))
very strange question
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