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More than half of Guatemalan workers earn less than $232 a month, says statistics institute. People are willing to work for anything

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sixty percent of the working population of Guatemala earns less than the $232 monthly minimum wage, and indigenous workers get even less, according to the nation’s National Institute of Statistics.

"The rate of unemployment in the country is so high, that people are willing to work for anything in order to survive,” said Marciano Castillo, the institute’s director.

However, other surveys indicate that there is increased school attendance by children, both boys and girls; extreme poverty has declined by 2 percent compared to 2010.

Original source: Guatemala Times