Public Christmas bonuses nearly 10% more than 2012

The Ministerio de Hacienda said Tuesday that the government will pay 157 billion colons in aguinaldos Dec. 3. That is about $314 million.

The number reflects the fact that the government pays about $4 billion in salaries each year. There are about 196.000 active employees.

The amount of the Christmas bonus is 9.83 percent more than last year, said the ministry. The money goes to all the workers in ministries, the Asamblea Legislative, the Poder Judicial, the Defensoría de los Habitantes, the Contraloría General de la República and pensioners. The amount includes money due teachers.

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