Ostholstein's economic strength is characterised by small and medium-sized businesses and their diversity. In addition to the construction industry or the manufacturing industry, companies from trade, healthcare and tourism (accommodation & hospitality) in particular form the economic backbone of the region today. Industries that have traditionally been important in the Ostholstein district, such as crafts, agriculture or public administration, continue to play a major role as well. In recent years, the fields of renewable energies and the digital economy have developed rapidly not only throughout Germany, but also regionally, so that these sectors are currently playing and will continue to play an increasingly significant role in the future. 

Employees and establishments by economic sector in Ostholstein
Employees subject to social security contributions by economic sector 2014 2021
Trade 9,160 10,568
Healthcare 7,044 8,200
Manufacturing industries 6,764 7,295
Catering 5,922 7,029
Shelters and social services 5,502 5,593
Construction industry 3,590 4,159
Real estate, professional, scientific and technical services 2,344 3,499
Public administration 3,253 3,564
Metal, electrical and steel industry 2,943 3,261
Other services 1,982 2,856
Transportation and storage 2,574 2,427


Number of establishments by economic sector 2009 2018
Trade 2,265 1,981
Catering 1,653 1,510
Construction industry 964 966
Professional, scientific and technical services 906 934
Other scientific requirements 508 780
Health and social services 690 760
Other services 817 697
Manufacturing industries 518 462
Real estate and housing 805 529
Arts, entertainment and recreation 283 300
Energy supply 135 283

Source: Business register/Statistics Office North