Sorry! not sorry! If you, like me, live in the REAL world, you will be aware that it is getting harder to find perl jobs and that in job listings the number of PHP related jobs outnumbers perl jobs by maybe 5 to 1.
So what? My bet is that the number of job listings for waiting tables outnumber the job listings for surgeons or pilots by much more than 5 to 1. That doesn't mean surgeons or pilots are going to COBOL way.
And during the most recent YAPC, there were more companies announcing they were hiring than any other previous YAPC.