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 201730. Juni
202330. Juni
Trade 9,974 9,840
Healthcare 7,642 8,535
Manufacturing industries 7,092 7,238
Catering 6,691 7,653
Shelters and social services 5,639 5,897
Construction industry 3,820 4,242
Real estate, professional, scientific and technical services 3,078 3,431
Public administration 3,321 3,727
Metal, electrical and steel industry 2,242 3,219
Other services 2,845 2,871
Transportation and storage 2,661 2,432


Number of establishments by economic sector 201730. Juni
202330. Juni
Trade 1,199 1,147
Catering 882 971
Construction industry 602 620
Professional, scientific and technical services 343 349
Other scientific requirements 398 475
Health and social services 636 648
Other services 290 286
Manufacturing industries 315 300
Real estate and housing 284 295
Arts, entertainment and recreation 137 141
Energy supply 21 23

Source: Business register