WIC Enrollment Down Almost 7 Percent in California

2/23/2017 - Professor of Economics Marianne Page at ABC News.

Nearly 80,000 less people are receiving Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits in California, according to the most recent federal data through November 2016.

That's a decrease of almost seven percent compared to November 2015. Low-income pregnant women, new mothers and children under 5 are eligible for WIC benefits. 

Marianne Page, Deputy Director of the Center for Poverty Research at University of California, Davis said a slight decline in the state's unemployment rate may have something to do with lower WIC enrollment.

"If there’s more work opportunities, that’s going to increase independence," Page said.

See the full story at ABC News.