Complete Question Explanation
Flaw in the Reasoning-#%. The correct answer choice is (C)
This editorial makes the following questionable argument:
Premise: The number of unemployed who are actively seeking jobs has decreased.
Conclusion: The unemployment situation has been improving,
The problem is of course that maybe the decreasing number of job-seekers is based on the fact that many unemployed have given up.
Answer choice (A): The stimulus doesn't reference the government at all, so this answer choice cannot reflect the flaw in the stimulus.
Answer choice (B): There is no basis for the assertion that a two-year period is too short, so this cannot be the flaw that we seek.
Answer choice (C): This is the correct answer choice. The editorialist bases an optimistic conclusion on the fact that fewer people are still in search of jobs.
Answer choice (D): This answer choice is incorrect for the same reason that answer choice (A) is incorrect—the editorial doesn't refer to the government, directly or indirectly.
Answer choice (E): It is not a flaw to ignore other indicators—the author bases a simple (though flawed) conclusion on a basic premise about one indicator statistic. Since this answer choice does not describe a flaw, it is incorrect.