Teenagers are getting squeezed out of the labor force in record numbers as unemployment among the youngest workers remains at astronomical levels nearly five years after the last recession ended, according to a study from the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
The study, released Friday, found that numbers of working teenagers has plunged by nearly half over a decade, to 24 percent in 2011 from 44 percent in 2000. Nationally, the unemployment rate among teens is 25 percent, compared with less than 7 percent for all workers.
“If this were any other group, you would call it a Great Depression,” said Andrew Sum, the Northeastern University economist who coauthored the study.
Boston teens fared better than those in most other metropolitan areas, researchers said, due to job training and state and local jobs programs targeted at teenagers here. Still, only about one-third of teenagers could find jobs, according to the study.