With over one million 16-24 year olds currently unemployed in the UK, joblessness among the young is a pressing problem. Nevertheless, unemployment among the young has been here before. In the past people often moved to find work; today a record number of young people remain at home living with their parents. Under New Labour, the job market expanded with close to a million new jobs created; yet the vast majority of vacancies were filled by young foreign workers. Does youth unemployment leave a scar on young people’s prospects? Do young British people need to have more ‘get-up-and-go’ ?