Isaac Mettey emigrated from Ghana 10 years ago to pursue the American dream. For the last two years, he’s been earning the minimum wage making pizzas at a Little Caesars in Washington Heights. He doesn’t earn tips. In January, Mettey, who is in his 40s, saw his hourly wage jump from $8 to $12.50. But even though he earns $4.50 more per hour, he says it doesn’t make much of a difference. He still doesn’t earn enough to cover costs and save any money. If he could, he’d buy a ticket to go back to Ghana to visit his parents. — Katie Warren