DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Despite the pandemic and the issues, it has caused like worker shortages and supply chain issues, the Dothan economy is still alive.

The latest sales tax collections show a 12.6% increase from 2020-2021 specifically for the month of December, Dothan has accumulated over 7 million in sales tax – almost a 25% increase than 2020.

That increase contributed to a productive Christmas shopping season.

“The city, and our county leaders, as well as the chamber, did a good job to promote people to buy local and supporting our local business we really saw a lot of people doing that shopping locally and buying here,” Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Matt Parker said.

Parker says another aspect that sparked the Dothan economy overall was providing more opportunities – the city added 2,000 more jobs last year.

“Our activity level is the best I have ever seen it since I been in the field for 31 years and don’t see any stopping right now I think the challenges that we’re facing right now is we’re starting to run out of available buildings and sites, so that’s a big focus for moving forward in 2022,” Parker said.

Although the sales tax numbers are promising, Parker said the biggest challenge is trying to increase the worker participation numbers which he hopes will revive itself as businesses have increased wages over the past two years.

“We’re seeing really good immigration patterns, people moving into this area because of the healthcare, quality of life the business climate and that’s a positive trend we have to continue to work hard on education and workforce development,” He said.