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The 84 workers at a certain plant are either semi-skilled or

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The 84 workers at a certain plant are either semi-skilled or skilled. Semi-skilled workers earn $12000 per year, while skilled workers earn $18000 per year. If each worker in the plant is given a productivity bonus equal to 3 percent of their annual wage, and the total amount of money awarded in these bonuses was $32760, what percent of the workers at the plant are skilled?

A 8%
B 16.666%
C 20%
D 25%
E 33.3333%

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B. 16.67%
14 workers are skilled.
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Sure is B. that was quite an easy one
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S= SEMI SKILLED
360S + 540(84-S)=32760

S=70
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Easy question but I made a lot of careless mistakes along the way to get to the right answer...hopefully this is not the way it happens when I take it again: Answer is B..here's my reasoning


Skilled = A Not Skilled = B

A+B = 84

(3% of 18000)A + (3% of 12000)B = 32760

If you reduce it down that becomes:

3A + 2B = 182
2A + 2B = 168 (From first equation)

A = 14 which is the number of skilled workers

Therfore the percentage of skilled workers = 14/84*100 = 1/6 * 100 = B
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