Spot and Use indicator words

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Consider the following passage:

Even though critics of a higher minimum wage claim that it will lead to lower employment, the opposite is true. Consider that the average effective minimum wage in the United States is higher than it has ever been before. Furthermore, job growth remains strong as the unemployment rate has been going down for 10 years in a row.

(Adapted from The New York Times, Dec. 30, 2019)

  1.  Is this an argument, or something else?