exceeding the expected number?


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Hello Everyone,

The following question is taken from the question from English paper of College Entrance Examination in our province this year. The correct answer is "exceeding", I would like to know why" having exceeded" can't be chosen here?

Around 13,500 new jobs were created during the period, _______ the expected number of 12,000 held by market analysts.
A. having exceeded B. to exceed C. exceeded D. exceeding

Best Regards

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