The on-demand economy is reshaping America's workforce

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Deep Dive - On-Demand Economy

Special report ... The new gig: America's hidden economy

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More Americans are working than ever before, but a growing number of them aren't 9-to-5 employees, nor skilled freelancers who negotiate their compensation.

Between the lines: Instead they are your Uber driver, your DoorDash food deliverer or your Rover dog-walker.

Fight for $15

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Most on-demand companies currently lose money, using investor cash to subsidize their services.

The big picture: That red ink tide could become a tsunami if the minimum wage is significantly increased — via a federal mandate that includes on-demand workers, specific laws aimed at on-demand workers (as recently happened in New York City), or courts ruling that on-demand workers should be classified as employees.

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