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Unemployment Bonus Coming

Governor Gray Davis has announced that about one million Californians laid off as a result of the terrorist attacks will get an extra bonus in their unemployment checks. The benefits will be paid retroactively starting this week. To be eligible for the retroactive benefits, a claim must have been filed on or before December 30th, with weekly unemployment benefits paid beginning on or after September 11th. Steve Smith is director of the stateĀ“s Labor and Workforce Development Agency. He says some workers could receive up to an additional $2,600.00. Smith says about 326,000 checks totaling $283-million will go out today. The remaining checks are expected to arrive in October or November.