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 is structured to lead to which of the following as a conclusion?
- A The fact that 90 percent of the people know someone who is unemployed is not an indication that unemployment is abnormally high.
- B The current level of unemployment is not moderate.
- C If at least 5 percent of workers are unemployed, the result of questioning a representative group of people cannot be the percentage Roland cites.
- D It is unlikely that the people whose statements Roland cites are giving accurate reports.
- E If an unemployment figure is given as a certain percentage, the actual percentage of those without jobs is even higher.
Correct Answer: A