It also means they can't always make enough to cover basic costs.
Neil Cairns of Oregon has been on an employment roller coaster the past two years. Now he’s trying something new.
Some restaurants in the state are boosting wages and benefits to bring workers back.
In just 38 days, 12 million jobless workers will lose their benefits. Talks on another relief bill have stalled in Congress.
About a third of workers in the U.S. don't have sick days, and many that do don't use them.
The Labor Department wants to close the wage gap for nearly 5 million employees.