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Housing starts in Winnipeg for the first half of the 2009 year were down $46.733 \%$ from 2008 , when 1,500 new homes were started. How many housing starts were there in 2009 ?
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799.005 housing starts

Explanation:

Let the housing starts in 2008 be 100% (1 500 houses). If 2009 fell by 46.733% then the number of housing starts are:

$\dfrac{53.267}{100}\cdot 1500 = 799.005$

Since housing starts can only be whole numbers, then they were $799.005$

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