This is something I didn’t know until I received my own check. For each week of unemployment insurance paid another $25 dollars is added as a part of the Federal Stimulus Plan.
From the California EDD site
Federal legislation signed into law on February 17, 2009, allows for a weekly $25 stimulus payment. This $25 stimulus payment will be added to each week of UI benefits paid to eligible workers in California. The federal legislation states that these $25 stimulus payments are only payable for weeks of unemployment that start February 22, 2009, and after.
Effective immediately EDD will automatically add the $25 stimulus payment to each paid week of unemployment that starts on or after February 22, 2009, as part of the regular UI check.
Since the $25 stimulus payments are added to your regular UI benefits, the $25 stimulus payment will not reduce your available UI claim amount.
You do not need to contact EDD to apply for the $25 stimulus payments.
While I’m disappointed in myself that I wasn’t aware of this ahead of time, I must admit that it was a very nice surprise.