There will be many layoffs soon due to this coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, many of those laid off will be hourly workers. Yes, in Texas, you will generally qualify for unemployment benefits if you lose your job through no fault of yours. The Texas Workforce Commission requires that a person applying for benefits have worked at the same place for four of the last five yearly quarters. See TWC website here. That means you must have worked at the same place for the past 12-15 months. If your hours are reduced due to the coronavirus outbreak, then you would qualify for benefits. See the TWC website. AARP also has a good website explaining the normal problems applicants run into during the process. See that AARP site here.

Keep in mind the requirement to call into TWC weekly to report your job search. TWC will deny benefits to persons who have not applied for jobs during a given week. See my previous blog post about applying for benefits here.