# Because of slumping sales, a small company had to lay off some of its employees. The ratio of total employees to employees laid off is 5 to 1. What is the total number of employees if 22 are laid off?

May 29, 2018

$x = 1210$

#### Explanation:

Let's make a proportion:

$\frac{5}{1}$ = $\frac{x}{22}$ , where 5:1 is the employed to unemployed ratio equals $x$, the unknown total number of employees, and $22$ represents the number of employees laid off.

$1 \cdot x = x$
$22 \cdot 55 = 1210$

$x = 1210$

There are a total of 1210 employees.