Online jobs and recruiting company Glassdoor has released its list of the top 25 cities/areas in the country that are good for jobs.

Not surprisingly, the Raleigh-Durham area ranked well. But not as well as it did last year when it took the top spot in the nation.

In fact, the Triangle ranked No. 8 in the nation this year, behind four cities near the West Coast, and behind some perennial chart toppers such as Boston; Austin, Texas; and Washington, D.C.

But a closer look at the numbers and the methodology shows a market in Raleigh-Durham that is very stable with a gradual rise in number of job openings, median home value and the diversity of job classification.

According to Glassdoor, the Triangle has about 34,660 job openings with a median salary of $62,000. The three hottest jobs in the area right now are registered nurse, research associate and software engineer.

Last year, the Triangle got the top rating with 24,000-plus job openings and a median salary of $50,000 – both substantially lower than this year’s number.