(USATODAY.com) - At least we've got Fizbo (Eric Stonestreet's character onModern Family) andKrusty the Clown (onThe Simpsons).

But we're not clowning around when we say that the clown population is dwindling.

That's the happy news for anyone who hates and/or fears clowns (coulrophobia) and the sad news for the circus world.

New York'sDaily Newsreports that membership at theWorld Clown Association, the country's largest trade organization for clowns, has dropped over the past decade from 3,500 to 2,400.

Why? Declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers.

"What's happening is attrition," Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger tells theDaily News. "The older clowns are passing away." And kids are looking for real jobs.

Time for someone to send in the clowns.

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