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Source: OG

Level: 4

Roland: The alarming fact is that 90 percent of the people in this country now report that they know someone who is unemployed.

Sharon: But a normal, moderate level of unemployment is 5 percent, with 1 out of 20 workers unemployed. So at any given time if a person knows approximately 50 workers, one or more will very likely be unemployed.

Sharon's argument relies on the assumption that

  • A normal levels of unemployment are rarely exceeded
  • B unemployment is not normally concentrated in geographically isolated segments of the population
  • C the number of people who each know someone who is unemployed is always higher than 90 percent of the population
  • D Roland is not consciously distorting the statistics he presents
  • E knowledge that a personal acquaintance is unemployed generates more fear of losing one's job than does knowledge of unemployment statistics

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