There are urban light industries such as food production. The region produces low grades of wheat and other cultures. There is a gold mining operation north of the city.
Kokshetau Mineral Waters company produces drinks such as still, sparkling water of the high-quality. It also produces alcohol beverages.
Kokshetau is the termination of worlds only operational power line with a voltage greater than 1000 kV, the Power line Ekibastuz-Kokshetau