The tourism industry is showing strong growth in New Mexico, according to the latest report released by the state’s Tourism Development Board.

New Mexico’s economy grew 1.4 percent last year, which was well above the national average of 1.1 percent, according the report released Tuesday.

That growth has been outpacing the national growth of about 0.8 percent for the past six years, said Julie C. Karpowitz, a board member who oversees the board’s report.

That’s a sign of strong economic development in New Mexicans, she said.

The growth was mostly driven by the growth of tourists who were looking for jobs in New York City and Washington, D.C., according to Karposz.

Tourism in New Jersey and Washington D.c. has grown 2.7 percent annually since 2012, and the state is on track to grow 3.6 percent this year, she added.