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.

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