El Salvador increases minimum wage

El Salvador's government yesterday increased the minimum wage for the country's workers.

The increase in minimum wages ranges from a 20% increase in service and industry jobs to more than a 100% increase for certain agricultural jobs.

Wages in the countryside for those working in the fields with coffee, sugar cane, cotton, and other crops will range from $200 to $224 monthly.    Wages in services, industry and factories will be $300 with a slightly lower wage of $295 for workers in textile and sewing maquila factories.

 Minimum wages are calculated on an 8 hour day and a 44 hour work week

The government says that these sizable increases will benefit more than 235,000 workers in the county.