BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's federal government, struggling to cut record expenditures in wages and retirement benefits, plans to slash 4,307 jobs at ministries and state entities, according to a statement released on Friday.

The decision includes transforming 10,462 jobs traditionally held by political appointees into permanent positions that could only be filled by career civil servants, the statement added.

(Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by Diane Craft)