But somebody in the energy sector might look at the same list and notice something else: Wages are growing the fastest in states that produce oil. North Dakota, Texas, and Oklahoma are three of the top crude-oil producers in the country. States lucky enough to live immediately above oil reserves benefit from the fact that mining wages grew faster in the last 12 months than any other major occupation category. As for the other stats, Utah is deep red at the state government level, with the low taxes and tremendous business growth to prove it. But Colorado, Oregon, and Washington are all deep blue, and their overall wages are charging ahead, too. When you adjust for energy, it’s not clear at all that red states are doing better than blue states.