GMAT Critical Reasoning
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
Correct Answer: B