There are more than 16 million retail workers in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and this year many big-name stores have asked them to work through the Thanksgiving holiday. It seems Black Friday has now become Black Thursday, and at least a dozen stores are opening their doors in the middle of turkey day.

Those working on Thanksgiving are likely to be working part-time for low wages, and despite their low income many are also the primary earners in their households. Here's a look at who decided to stay open this year, and a snapshot of who's likely working this Thanksgiving.--Von Diaz