I asked some of the folks I know who teach at R1s about their PhD placements. All but one assured me that all of their grads get jobs. One of these folks said that their students get jobs because their PhD students are even willing to go to places such as the U of North Dakota. Yep, in his mind, that's the worst thing possible. My sort of school isn't even on his radar of horrors.
The one who didn't assure me that all their grads get jobs talked about the ethical dilemma of teaching grad students who probably won't get jobs. And yet, he teaches where he teaches because he took the best job offered in a tough market.
Overall, though, the job market difficulty was passingly acknowledge in the presidential address, where Diana Henderson talked about how her connections helped her get a near Ivy job after she didn't get tenure at her first job. It's good to have connections, no?
I know the folks involved would be horrified to realize this, but to me, SAA often feels like an insider crowd from all Ivies or near Ivies, and the rest of us who exist to buy their books and teach at places they don't really quite believe exist.