The economic region includes the city of Wilhelmshaven and the districts of Friesland, Wittmund and Wesermarsch, with a total population of approx. 330,000. Around 64 % are of working age between 15 and 65 years, totalling approx. 210,000 women and men.
The average unemployment ratio in 2010 (number of unemployed in proportion to all persons in civilian jobs) totalled 8.8 % in the area for which the Wilhelmshaven Agentur für Arbeit is responsible – which also includes the district of Friesland.
Because of the original designation of Wilhelmshaven as a naval port with shipbuilding, the area is dominated by metal-processing industries. After the decline of naval shipbuilding in the region, industries in a wide range of segments have developed involving steel engineering, crane engineering and precision engineering. These sectors are supplemented by medium-sized companies involved in shipbuilding and ship repairs.
One of the main industrial sectors in Wilhelmshaven is the port industry with its wharfs, sea port service companies, service providers and repair businesses, transhipment and handling businesses, and agencies, etc. The “JadeWeserPort” – Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven (CTW) due for commissioning in August 2012, and the development of the neighbouring Freight Village provide excellent prospects for employment in areas such as logistics and distribution.
Another element of the “Wilhelmshaven energy hub” programme is the chemical industry (refinery, PVC and chlorine gas production) as well as power generation (two coal-fired power stations, wind power).
Other important sectors include food and enjoyment foods with a chocolate factory, fish processing, and the import and chilling of food.
The adjacent Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer National Park (part of the Wattenmeer UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site) provides the basis for the major tourism industry in the region.
The German defence forces (German navy, navy arsenal, logistics centre) together with the public sector, are the main pillars of the local employment market. Marine technology companies enjoy the related benefits of this maritime and naval location.
|E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH||Coal-fired power station|
|EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven GmbH & Co. KG;||Operating company of Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven CTW (JadeWeserPort)|
|GEW Wilhelmshaven GmbH||Gas, electricity and water utility|
|HBV Holz- und Baustoff-Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG||Planing mill, timber trade|
|Hermann Geithner Söhne GmbH & Co.||Construction and civil engineering|
|HIS Sicherheitsdienst GmbH||Security services|
|HPKJ Hydraulik-Pneumatik-Kontor Jade GmbH||System provider in hydraulics and pneumatic|
|INEOS Chlor Atlantik GmbH||Chlorine gas production|
|INEOS Vinyls Deutschland GmbH||PVC and VCM production|
|Interseroh Jade-Stahl GmbH||Scrap recycling|
|Laeppché Unternehmensgruppe||Specialist in rolling bearings and linear guidance systems|
|Manitowoc Crane Group Germany GmbH||Mobile crane construction|
|Mindfactory GmbH||Mail order company for computers and computer components|
|MIZ GmbH||Technical and logistics consultant for materials management|
|Navitek - Schiffsreparatur und technische Beratungsgesellschaft mbH||Ship repairs, ship operating technology|
|Neue Jadewerft GmbH||Shipbuilding / repair|
|Nietiedt Unternehmensgruppe||Painting, industrial coatings, scaffolding, insulation technology|
|Nordfrost GmbH & Co. KG||Tiefkühllogistiker|
|Nord-West-Oelleitung GmbH||Crude oil import|
|Oldenburger Zahnradwerke und Maschinenbauan-stalt Kurt Rust GmbH & Co. KG||Production of machined parts for the aerospace industry|
|Rhenus Midgard AG & Co. oHG||Port handling, storage|
|Royal Greenland Seafood GmbH||Frozen food|
|SVG AG Unternehmensgruppe||Security services, valuables transport, cash processing, site protection…|
|THALES Naval GmbH||Software services|
|TURBO-TECHNIK Reparatur-Werft GmbH & Co. KG||Repair and conversion of ships of all kinds, industrial and assembly work|
|Ulmer Schokoladen GmbH||Schokoladenhersteller|
|Wessel-Hydraulik GmbH||Mechanical engineering|
|Wilhelmshavener Raffineriegesellschaft mbH||Oil refinery|