The U.K. is targeting the BA.1 subvariant of omicron while the U.S. is targeting the more recent BA.4 and BA.5 omicron strains.
China's financial capital is not under a full lockdown, but strict anti-COVID measures still weigh on residents.
People also appear to be booking ahead more often, seen as a sign of renewed optimism.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' "reference week," used to calculate employment, included Jan. 12 — when omicron was at its worst.
Running a microbusiness in a pandemic economy is tough. Businesses that rely on human interaction have to be creative to survive.
Despite good economic data like GDP growth, many Americans are not optimistic.
The latest poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that job security and the economy concerns outweigh worries about getting sick.
Sea Quest Hawaii's business was already down 30% from omicron when the tsunami caused $100,000 in damage to its office.