Poverty numbers are on the rise in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the full scope of the increase is not yet known.

The latest numbers available to the provincial government were used during a poverty reduction forum at St. John’s City Hall on Saturday, showing slightly less than 14 per cent of the province is considered low income.

But speakers at the forum highlighted two issues with the data — the latest information is two years old and it only includes people who have filed their income tax returns.