4.  Oklahoma

fastest growing states oklahoma
  • State GDP: $164 billion
  • Growth in 2013: 4.2%

Score another one for fossil fuels. As in many of the fastest-growing states, mining drove Oklahoma's 2013 growth, with coal accounting for most of the increases.

Last year, the state produced more than one million tons of coal from deposits in the northwest of the Sooner state. Mining jobs have also been growing, and overall, unemployment in the state is low, at only 4.6%.

First published June 11, 2014: 4:12 PM ET

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