New York State's minimum wage goes up to $8.75 an hour Wednesday, the second of three increases that began taking effect last year.

On Dec. 31 of last year, the minimum rose to $8 an hour, from $7.25. At the end of 2015, the final increase will lift New York's minimum wage to $9 an hour.

After the latest increase, New York will still lag Connecticut, where the minimum wage will rise to $9.15 an hour on Jan. 1, from the current $8.70.

But New York will jump head of New Jersey, where the minimum will rise to $8.38 an hour on Jan. 1, from the current $8.25 an hour.