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In the aforementioned letter, the author objects to the claim of the recent article which states that corporate downsizing in Elthyria engendered serious economic adversity among most workers who have lost jobs due to the downsizing. Although the argument may seem convincing at first, lack of evidence leads me to question the validity of the argument.
First, the author needs to provide solid evidence on the soundness of the comparison between new jobs and eliminated jobs. It is plausible that the innate conditions of new jobs created since 1999 and disappeared jobs are significantly different. If new jobs were created in service sectors and corporate downsizing occurred in manufacturing sectors, the unemployed workers could not fully take new positions in other sectors due to lack of sector-specific skills. Even if the inherent characteristics of new and eliminated jobs are similar enough that numerical comparison is valid, new jobs would have been taken by new employees or workers from other area, not from Elthyria.
Second, the author needs to supplement the argument with more concrete information on the decline on unemployment rate in Elthyria. In all likelihood, the unemployment rate decreased not because of new jobs in the area, but because that many depressed workers who used to seek any job position gave up on finding new job, decreasing the economically active population itself and thus unemployment as well.
Lastly, more evidence is needed on the soundness of the conclusion that it is inadequate to argue that most competent workers who lost jobs due to corporate downsizing are in adverse economic condition. Even if the workers could be able to take the mentioned newly created jobs, if they had got paid top level of wages, not above-average wages, they might still have economic hardship due to decreased amount of wage.
In brief, the author’s claim is unconvincing on many grounds. To strengthen the argument, the author needs to provide more detailed information on the soundness of statistics and features of the new jobs and disappeared jobs.